Ah….the 4×8′ sheet of birch plywood. A timeless DIY material, strong, dimensionally stable, and full of crisp lines and repeated grain patterns. It’s great for everything from workshop jigs to cabinet carcasses to casework to… a full sized dining table?
Happy Monday my loves!! Have I got a fun and suuuuper simple project for you today! As some of you know, we’re in the process of renovating and rebranding our family restaurant Durango’s Mexican Grill.
Recently, 2 or 3 Things I Know posted a picture of this table by the artist Donald Judd; it is miraculous in its simplicity and harmony. I put my face close to the screen to contemplate the structure. It looked to me to be made of big sheets of plywood with an ash or birch veneer: a surface on a base. Could it be that the base is made of notched sheets of plywood similar to those House of Cards games I remember from my childhood? Looking for an image to illustrate the notion of notched…
Inspiration comes when you least expect it. I was in London last year for 100% Design. There were tons of beautiful things, but the plywood table that Carl Hansen built for their display (below) stuck with me. I wanted to copy it for my own dining table some day. That day finally arrived. THE CARL HANSEN VERSION IN LONDON This super long table struck me as the most elegant plywood construction I had ever seen.