The technique I used for the coffee tables and the pine cabinets was pretty much the same.I stripped back the polyurethane/varnish on the tops of the pieces.
Skip the plywood and make the cabinets out of solid lumber by laminating planks together side-by-side.
Two years ago we purchased a lake house in Wisconsin.
It had always been our dream to purchase an old home and completely renovate it.
However, knotty pine plywood is difficult to manufacture due to the abundance of defects.
It's hard to find and, when you do locate it, it's expensive.