I'm trying to build a TV stand which will have a top on it about 80" x 20" x 3/4". It can be thicker than 3/4" but I'd like it to be at least that. Assuming I build a supportive frame, what's the cheapest way to get a piece that fits the bill? I've looked at using plywood and edging as well as biscuit joining planks together, but would like to hear other ideas.

  • Depends on how finished you want it to look. For a very rough table, you don't even need to join the tabletop planks - think of it the same as building a mini deck.
    – mbeckish
    Jun 9 '15 at 19:21
  • Edging can be thicker than the actual to, and often is, both to give the appearance of a thicker top and to improve its rigidity.
    – keshlam
    Jun 9 '15 at 19:55

A narrow slab door might fit the bill. 80" is a very common height. Architectural recycling places, such as Habitat For Humanity Restores (if you're in North America) have them for nearly nothing. If you get a hollow core and it's too wide, be aware that it's a bit fiddly to make it work well.

  • I really like this idea. We just got a HfH Restore nearby and frequent it often! I assume a solid core door I could rip to the appropriate width right? Jun 10 '15 at 4:00
  • Note that "solid" doors are solid (not hollow) but not not actually solid wood. If you rip a solid door to width you may expose particleboard filler.
    – Hank
    Jun 10 '15 at 4:35
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    You'd probably expose particle core, but you could either put that to the back or edge it with some thin veneer. Jun 10 '15 at 13:55

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