Armed with some basic tools, a supply of scrap or salvaged wood, and a few weekends to devout to the project, you too can have an awesome laminate wood table with loads of character and good looks.
Instructables user Wholman wanted to create a laminate table but without the hassle and expense of traditional methods. He explains:
There are many methods for laminating wood — this project focuses on a down-and-dirty method for those of us who do not own a lot of pipe clamps and other heavy duty hardware for wrestling with wild wood. It is about ten feet long by thirty inches wide, sitting about thirty inches off the ground. If you can salvage the wood, the other materials aren't too expensive: five threaded rods, about four bucks each; nuts, washers, and screws; a gallon or so of wood glue; sandpaper; and polyurethane. All told, it was less than one hundred dollars.
You'll need access to some basic tools like a table saw, a circular saw and a belt sander, among various hand tools. You'll also need a solid supply of scrap or salvaged wood. The end result, labour intensive as it may be, is stunning. Check out the full tutorial at Instructables for more pictures and build information.