Questions tagged [plywood]

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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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

I saw this photo of a lounger made out of plywood, and I am pretty certain it would be easy to execute with a jigsaw, sandpaper and patience, but one thing I've never tried is to bring an entire sheet ...
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How can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?

How can I cut a large (3.5' - 4' in diameter) circle out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood. The preferred method would be one that doesn't leave any holes/marks in the circle's plywood surface. It needs to ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

I'm building a small project out of 1/4" Baltic birch plywood. I marked up the boards with lumber crayons and then wrote cut marks and part identifications with a pencil. I did most of my sanding ...
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What are some best practices and techniques for building cabinet boxes with plywood?

I often find myself wanting to build plywood boxes of various sizes for various uses. I realize that the size and use can dictate how to construct the box, but are there some general recommendations ...
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Is vertical storage of sheet goods causing my boards to warp?

I have a consistent problem with warped sheet goods, particularly plywood and MDF. They always seem flat when I buy them, but by the time I use them they are always curved or twisted. It's a source of ...
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Is wood movement an issue with edge banded plywood?

For a normal hardwood desk/table top, if you band the edges with a strip of wood, it will not cope well with wood movement. Particle board doesn't suffer from this problem unless you get it wet, at ...
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How do I calculate the weight threshold for plywood boxes/cabinet carcasses?

How do I calculate the weight threshold for cabinet carcasses based on the dimensions, material (e.g., plywood, mdf), and material thickness? Has someone already worked out a nice formula that I can ...
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Glue spots under stain

I have two pieces of plywood that I joined with biscuits and wood glue (wiping away all excess glue after joining the two pieces. I then sanded the whole piece down to 220 grit. After staining there ...
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Why is plywood often undersized?

A lot of plywood products are slightly undersized by 1/32", e.g. 23/32 instead of 3/4, 15/32 in 1/2, etc. The undersizing often requires very careful math and measurements when constructing things, or ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

I'm a complete amateur trying to turn an old 14 wide x 22 long single car garage into a wood shop. Nobody in my immediate family or friends does any serious woodworking, but I do have some family ...
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Will painting the edges of plywood hide the layers?

If I paint the edges of an oak plywood sheet, will it hide the layers well enough to not show through the paint?
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Properly securing a ramp

I'm building a 2'x2', 3 floor parking garage for my son. I've built the core structure out of 1/2" plywood, with dowels supporting it, and 3/16" chalkboard-paper lined plywood glued on top of the ...
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How do I seal plywood joints effectively for outdoor use?

I have this castle built in my garden out of plywood. The problem is that it keeps leaking. I've tried silicone which doesn't last, and also a window sealant, but since the plywood expands and ...
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What kind of finish should I use inside dresser drawers?

I'm building a chest of drawers out of reclaimed barn wood. For the drawers I've used 1/2" sanded ply for the sides and 1/4" for the bottoms. They're pretty darn smooth but I'd like to put a clear ...
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Gluing plywood to plywood for doll's house floor

I am making a small doll's house for my daughter. This is my first project; I am a total beginner at woodworking, basically what I know is remembered from watching my dad 30 years ago :) It's going ...
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What's the best joint when exposing to weather (specifically for a beehive box)

I'm thinking of starting a beehive this spring and I want to make my own beehive boxes. I realize that there are kits you can buy and assemble, but I like woodworking and have most, if not all, of the ...
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Glue and orientation of 2 sheets of plywood

I have 2 pieces of 5-ply birch plywood, and I want to glue them together to create a 10-ply piece. My question is, does it matter which way I orient the two pieces? Should the grain be perpendicular, ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

This is my very first DIY project, I am building an arcade stick: Rubber feet will be attached to those 4 holes. Now I do not have tools for any woodwork at home (will buy once I do start doing more ...
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How can I prevent tearout of plywood when cutting it with a circular saw? [duplicate]

Note: This question was closed as a duplicate because plywood and veneer both have similar issues when being cut with a circular saw. Hopefully the answers in both questions can help out. When using ...
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When did people start using plywood rather than real hardwood?

It seems like old furniture is usually built using nice solid wood but recently (from my perspective) there has been a huge surge of plywood use even in handmade furniture. When did this start ...
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8 to 12 mm plywood box joints: brackets vs glue(box joint) vs screws

There's very similar question, but there're no answers for my specifics. I'm going to build few open-top boxes to be used mostly as a bench to seat 2 grown-ups, with ability to also carry things in ...
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Reading a hardwood dealer's price list for plywood

I've seen The Wood Whisperer's video about some of the terms and such you see at a hardwood dealer, but it deals mostly with solid wood. There are some topics he doesn't touch on, like the various ...
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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?

Hey guys so this might be a stupid question but I am just a beginner, but can I cut wood veneer on a band saw. I glued 5 sheets of wood veneer together to make it thicker and stronger, but it ...
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What is this plywood joining mechanism and hardware for knock-down furniture?

Just came across a plywood joint mechanism, which I found very interesting as new woodworker. Basically I don't know what it is called and can't find any in our local market. I am attaching the photos ...
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Having trouble securing the PVC pipe for a Washers Game

I hope this question fits here. I just didn't know where else to turn. I'm definitely an amateur woodworker, but I recently tried to make a Washers Game. The square seemed too easy, so I did the ...
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Sanding/filing small patterns at an angle

I've got small patterns cut out, about 5cmx5cm, from 12mm ply wood and glued together to form 24mm thick pieces. I need to file down the sides to get closer to the pattern (that I drew on the pieces) ...
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Can I glue OSB to plywood?

I am planning to build a workbench and want to use layered plywood for the bench top. To keep costs down, I am considering using 3/4" OSB for the base and glueing 1/4" plywood on top instead of ...
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How to flatten 1/8" Baltic Birch Plywood for laser cutting?

I use a laser cutter for some woodworking projects. 1/8" (3mm) baltic birch seems to be the standard wood for doing projects with this. But when I buy this wood, it is often somewhat warped and ...
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How to cut an opening and door out of 3/4" Plywood

I want to cut a mostly rectangular hole out of a piece of 3/4" plywood about 21" wide by 32" tall. I would like the corners to be somewhat rounded (about a 1" - 2" radius), and I want to rehang the ...
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Covering particle board to prevent splinters and make easy to wipe

I recently created a little counter / desk thing in my garage, and a shelf above it mounted to the wall. It was never meant to be pretty, but I do have electronics on it (my laptop on the desk often ...
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Affixing masonite to plywood by example

I'm making a simple woodworking table (nothing fancy but want it to be sturdy + flat) and I'm looking for the best way to affix a 1/4" thick sheet of masonite/hardboard to a 3/4" sheet of plywood. My ...
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How to cut and join “wedges” of plywood to form a perfect circle

My wife wants a new dining room table -- a round one of about 4.5' in diameter. I am constructing it out of rift sawn white oak. I will be using 3/4" ply for the table top (MDF core) and then ...
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How to neaten holes in plywood with hand tools?

I'm making window apertures in 12mm plywood (it's birch-faced) for a doll's house. I'd like the window and door holes to be neat. I could use a router for this and then chisel the corners square, ...
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Is the off gassing from plywood harmful when used in a cooking device?

I'm planning to make a solar oven like this one. The linked article mentions the odor suggested volatiles being cooked out of the plywood and maybe the paint So I'm wondering if I should avoid ...
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

Serious question. I know of a child who at eight years old was instructed to help the operator of a table saw guide large (8 X 4 foot) plywood sheets through it. Neither operator nor child were ...
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Can miter lock joints be made without a routing table?

I'm planning to build a structure of about 1.2m x 1m x 0.5m (specifically it's a 1:6 doll house) in 12mm (half-inch) ply and don't want to use internal square-section to support the corners, because ...
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What is aircraft plywood? What is it used for?

I was looking at boomerangs and ran across the term "aircraft plywood". Going further they just seem to be talking about spruce as in "spruce goose". Does the term "aircraft plywood" have any special ...
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What is the best finish for a laser etching on birch veneer plywood?

I've done an etching on Birch veneer plywood for a piece of wall art and am trying to figure out the best way to finish it. It's a 24" x 24" Aztec Calendar design with a lot of intricacies. The guy ...
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Edge glued panels vs. plywood for furniture

I'm in the process of designing a Murphy bed (wall bed) and most plans I've found so far recommend the use of 3/4 inch (19mm) thick plywood. While some like the look of plywood, I was considering some ...
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Easy but tough shelving finish

I've made a utility-grade shelving unit for one of our extra-bedroom closets: The stiles and cleats are resawn, cherry-picked kiln-dried dimensional SPF from the big orange store. The shelves are ...
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How can I strengthen my 3/4" Plywood Bunk Bed Plan?

I'm working on a plywood bunk bed for our two 4 year olds. Obviously I need it to look cool, but more importantly not collapse on their impressionable skulls. I plan on using 3/4 plywood (.706 or so) ...
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What are some good ways to hang plywood from a wire?

I have an art piece composed of many strips of plywood put together. I'd like to hang it from a ceiling with wires. Here's the tricky thing... The edges of the strips of plywood face the ceiling. ...
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How can I bend plywood?

How does one bend plywood as shown in this photo? Image from grovemade.com
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Sealing plywood from moisture completely - for use as damp-reptile habitat

What would you guys suggest to completely seal wood (probably plywood) from moisture. I'm building a new tank/vivarium for my lizard and while it is not going to be as damp as something like a frog ...
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Problem with different tins of the same stain

My first time working with stains and I've run into a bit of an issue. I am using timber protect oil based stains in Walnut colour on pine plywood and I misjudged my coverage area with my initial ...
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How can I flatten out a cupped piece of 3/4" plywood for a wood counter top base?

I am building a kitchen island. On top of the carcass is going to be a piece of plywood, and on top of that a laminated solid wood plank top of 3/4" thick planks. The plywood is to provide enough ...
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Can I stain damp plywood

I managed to rescue some 3/8 interior grade birch plywood I had sitting outside from a surprise rain storm last night but not before it took some water. I had been planning on staining the pieces ...
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3 (or 4?) piece plywood desk over bike trainer

I am trying to build a platform for my laptop that can be positioned over my bike trainer. I hope to make it out of plywood and have 3 pieces that slot together. I'm trying to sketch up some designs,...
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How to glue hardwood to plywood core door?

I'd like to create a modern interior door. No rails/stiles. Just horizontal stacked panels stained. I plan to use maple or birch. I don't want to use a paper-thin hardwood veneer plywood. I've read ...
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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

I'm making a shelf above my kitchen sink with intention of putting glasses there to dry off. How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? The sink and the shelf are inside oblique ...