You know those random lengths of leftover hardwood stock and plywood that you collect project after project, never knowing what you'll do with them, but knowing they're too great to get rid of.
You should turn 'em into a table.
Joshua Rhodes assembled this quick and easy dining table for six as part of a Habitat for Humanity house giveaway project. He started with a basic poplar and underlay plywood for the structure, then added the patchwork-style wooden top using scraps, and then wrapped a poplar frame around the assembly to hide the edges.
It's an inexpensive solution to the dining table issue, allowing you to get a lot of seating space and style from some relatively inexpensive materials. Check out the full how-to:
DIY Six Seat Dining Room Table [ABeautifulMess.com]