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A wood product that is made with many thin layers of wood. The layers are generally laminated in alternating grain directions to improve strength and reduce warping.

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Input sought on sturdy design for a storage + seating bench/seat

I've never built something from scratch before, and thought I would start with a small and simple project. Except I'm not sure of all the physics. I want a bedside seat with a shelf for books. It ...
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Drywall mud to patch bubbled veneer?

The veneer on this shelf's plywood bubbled up. I imagine there is not much expansion and contraction, so can I simply use drywall joint compound to fill this void once I cut the veneer away? I ...
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Is this unit properly supported? [closed]

I am designing a unit constructed entirely of wood. The small (innermost) cylinders are 16" and the big (outermost) ones are 32". The platforms are 3/4" BC plywood. My concern is the ...
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How do you make construction plywood look better?

I’ve got a 4’x8’ sheet of 5/8” sheathing plywood. It’s got knots and the surface is not smooth. But hey, I got it for a few dollars. I’ve straightened it out. I’d like to make a few boxes for friends. ...
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Staining mid to low quality wood

100% novice zero experience with wood Building a day bed for a campervan... I didn't have the biggest budget for materials. I bought a 5 layer bcx plywood and premium stud 2x4s to work with. I sanded ...
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Plane to produce beveled edges on plywood?

I have this small project of bevelling the edge on a 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of 1/2" plywood. I'm replacing and duplicating a damaged platform on which an audio speaker foot rests. I ...
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How do you spray coating on small, light pieces?

Background When I got into woodworking I was making mostly large pieces (bookshelves, desks, etc). This isn't always easy as I get older, and I'm not always having good days with my back, not to ...
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Box with 3/4" plywood with screws not joined

I would like to make a small wall mounted cabinet for an audio receiver that I would like to be of specific dimensions. Can I use finish grade 3/4" plywood but join it at the edge using trim ...
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Can anyone identify this variety of plywood?

So, I've been at the craft for decades, and I've been stumped about this ever since I came across this. A few years back, I saw a Facebook Marketplace ad for exotic lumber for sale, and the prices ...
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Veneer on 1 vs 2 sides of Baltic Birch ply?

I've been building a murphy bed cabinet out of baltic birch plywood (I like the visible layers on the edges). I bought/cut sheets of 4'x8' for this purpose. One side is clear, and the other side has ...
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Wood type for bunk bed structure

I am continuing to plan my bunk bed structure (4 beds and a pullout) and I have a follow up question Plywood Bunk Bed I am now wondering if plywood is the best wood choice. If I have a choice between ...
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Plywood Bunk Bed

I am trying to design a plywood bunk bed (4 beds and one pullout actually), and am trying to figure out how to join the pieces. My original plan was to use pocket holes, but now I am worried that ...
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Looking for advice on effective soundproofing of basement workshop

I have a question that might not be directly related to woodworking, but I'm facing a significant challenge and concern. I would greatly appreciate your guidance. I live in Windsor, Ontario, and after ...
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1/2" and 3/4" plywood cabinet - query about length of screws

I built a cabinet from big-box plywood. I used 1/2" for tops and bottoms and 3/4" for the sides. This 16"dx22"hx30"w deep cabinet will be inset into the wall and fastened to ...
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Making MDF look like plywood with layered edges

I'm wanting to make a cheap birch ply-looking worktop for myself with MDF. The only issue I have is that I would also like to have the layered plywood edge rather than a traditional edge banding. The ...
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How can I securely attach plywood to a wall on the long edge?

I'm building a closet and I'm trying to find a good way to store shoes. I discovered the following product for sale online: But it's crazy expensive, something like US$35 per linear foot, and it only ...
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Sealer for inside of bathroom cabinets [thin plywood]

I am creating some floor-to-ceiling stud bay storage in a bathroom. Bathroom is small but has a vent fan. I am using the RevolutionPly utility sheet goods to line the cabinets. I believe it is made of ...
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Using only MDF or Plywood to make all furniture

Real timber is expensive. Making long sheets requires joining smaller planks using glue with dowel or biscuits. It also suffers from deformations due to humidity. Engineering woods like MDF and ...
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Making a modern chaise on two cylinder legs stability issues

I'm currently trying to build a modern chaise with only two legs. I will attach a link to it below. Steps I have done: Plywood 3/4" cut them into dimensions of the chaise and created a frame and ...
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Is it possible to treat plywood to prevent beetle or wood borer infestation?

If so, what is the best method for sealing/treating? And by beetle or wood-borer, I mean any such creature that could destroy the timber frame of a house. I bought some plywood from a hardware store. ...
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Advice on dining table supports for bamboo 5-ply on steel legs?

I am planning on using a 1.5" deep, 5-ply bamboo board (sample pictured) as a dining tabletop attached to a pair of steel legs (pictured, width 20", height 29", length 2"). The ...
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Screw together possible soft and hard wood types with pilot holes and finding the right drillbits

This is my first DIY project with wood and I'm already over my expected/set budget and timeframe so I want to ensure I don't make as many more mistakes before finishing the project, but whatever ...
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Keyhole routing 'endgrain' of plywood

I have seen this article about using a keyhole router cutter in order to hang shelves, cutting into the edge of the board rather than the face. I know that this should be fine for the solid wood ...
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Bookcase mounting question

I am planning to build a bookcase inside an alcove, on top of some base cabinets. The bookcase is to take up the entire alcove width and remaining height of just over 1500mm, and it will be ...
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Can I use a 23-gauge pin nailer to temporarily tack 3/4" plywood?

More details on what I'm building below. I need something to hold 3/4" plywood in place sturdily enough that I can keep my angles correct and mark it; but loosely enough I can take it apart ...
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1/4" straight router bit 6mm ply

I'm making a panel and have imperial router bits. I can only get ply in metric. If I buy 6mm ply, will it create a resistance fit with a slot cut using a 1/4" bit. Not sure if the 0.35mm ...
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Why does sanding make my patterned plywood project look dull?

Below is a pattern plywood cutting board I am making. I have observed through multiple projects that after sanding the surface becomes dull in tone and the layers of the plywood lack definition and ...
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Hardwood or Softwood screw threads for Baltic Birch plywood?

Would Baltic Birch fall into the "Softwood and Plywood" (coarse thread) or "Hardwood" (fine thread) category when it comes to screw threads? The application is putting threaded ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

I want to glue two 3/4" (11/16" actual) sheets of Baltic Birch plywood together to make a 1.5" (1.375" actual) thick sheet. I then want to add two "legs" coming out of ...
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Why do they sand pine plywood

Why is pine plywood known as "sanded"? To my touch, it doesn't feel any more sanded than other species of plywood veneers. And in any case, what would be the benefit of sanding plywood at ...
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Design : Plywood table for computer

I am trying to make 5 by 2 computer table. For mentioned design what should be thickness of plywood?, also I am trying to adjust table in 8 by 4 plywood sheet. Design: Measurements are in Foot, (12 ...
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Marine plywood or concrete plywood for rot resistance

Assuming you treat both the marine plywood and concrete plywood with an edge sealer. What would last longer out in the rain...marine plywood painted with exterior paint....or concrete plywood which ...
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Drilling into the edge of plywood

I want to make a little wooden construction to house a bird inside during winter for a few days when it gets too cold outside. I want to be able to take it apart quickly so it doesn't take up much ...
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Can I make a small piece of framing lumber out of marine plywood?

I am making this small pigeon loft. It rains a lot here so I used some marine plywood that won't rot and clear coated it. I was going to do the corner framing in douglas fir, but the color clashes ...
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How to mitigate a crooked banquette bench structure

I started building a dining seating bench. This is the plan that I created in SketchUp: The first part is to build the carcass which supposed to look like this: I am using construction grade 5x10cm ...
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What type of board material can I use for a gaming table's play area?

I'm in the process of building a board gaming table with a recessed play area and this is one of many things I can't seem to find a consensus on. A lot of the build is still in the early phases, but ...
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How to design supporting strut for 4-piece rock and roll bed

I am making a 4-piece 'rock and roll' style bed which converts into two opposite facing bench seats when in the upright position. Constructed out of 18mm ply with supporting structural members where ...
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How to use Sagulator for Sofa / Bed?

I'm a woodworking novice with the goal of putting together a simple convertible sofa / bed. My goals are to keep it simple and affordable to build. I'm planning to buy a couple sheets of plywood and ...
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Need advice how to fill a screw hole in plywood

I am renovating my childhood wooden rocking horse. I took it all apart, sanding it off, will be priming and painting it later. Even though it spent over 25 years in a damp cellar, it's in great shape. ...
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Fastening handle to 1/8 inch plywood

My students are making plywood shields / Coat of Arms. I'm hoping to cut costs as much as possible. So my plan is to use strips of fabric or fake leather to make an arm band on the back. My question ...
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wooden wheel cribs - car stands

I have some overstock of some baltic birch plywood and 1" MDF and I'd like to make some wood cribs similar to the ones in this forum My intention is to sandwich a 12"x12"x1" piece ...
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How to mount angled shelves in a cabinet?

I'm starting to plan a record player & typewriter display unit for my office. I've built some of the other furniture in my office; some bookcases & a wall-mounted desk. I've got a basic set of ...
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How to attach 1/4" thick plywood to 15/32" thick plywood at 90° and being able to remove and attach again?

I am working on a small project to build something like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BBL7W46 and the part where I am stuck is how to attach a 1/4". thick plywood to two 15/32" thick ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

I am building a small door. I have a frame that is glued and nailed together that is 1 inch thick shown here: 1/4" birch plywood will be glued to both sides of this. The plan was to glue ...
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Would this TV stand made almost entirely of 3/4 in birch plywood withstand the load?

I'm currently doing a TV stand, pretty new to woodworking. And I was wondering if this would be able to hold the weight of the TV + soundbar? Let's say 40 kg / 88 pounds. The TV base is about 99 cm/39....
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Pluggable boards joinery

I'm looking for a pluggable (fast assembly) way to join two plywood boards. I liked the method that the company Tylko uses. I wonder if parts for such joinery are freely available on the market. What ...
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What is the name of this basic removable joint?

I want to try using this basic joint to make removable legs for a table, but what's it called?
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What glue can I use to glue phenolic plywood to phenolic plywood, and laminate to phenolic plywood?

Basically: I want to build some cabinets. Locally (Indonesia) there is 'cheap and nasty' 15mm plywood available, plus 15 & 18mm phenolic plywood. I tried ordering some 'slightly nicer' 18mm ...
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Best way to cut very soft 4mm (1/8") poplar plywood sheets with hand tools

Sometimes I need to cut sheets (cca 50x80cm = 20x32") of soft 4mm (1/8") poplar plywood into smaller rectangular pieces and I find it surprisingly difficult to do with hand tools - it's too ...
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Attachment method for heavy duty plywood box

I'm looking to make some relatively large boxes for tools (currently one for a bunch of air tools, and one for a router, plunge base, and bunch of bits) out of 1/2" (~12mm) baltic birch plywood. ...
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