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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Do I need to laminate both sides of plywood or can I coat one side and laminate the other

I am relatively new to woodworking. I am in the process of laminating plywood (which will be used as a tabletop and also to hide the actual support for the table). I have googled alot and found ...
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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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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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Exterior Plywood that looks relatively nice

I want to build cabinets hanging from deck joists. The deck will have a waterproofing system installed so there shouldn't be much (if any water). What are my options for plywood that can withstand ...
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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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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

I want to make a mini router table. The base material is a type of birch plywood with 15 layers or so, 21mm thick. Well if the dictionary serves me right, it's actually called "textured coated board" ...
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Straight cuts in plywood without a circular saw

I'm looking to make some drawer boxes out of plywood, and don't think I have enough space to set up to feel safe using a circular saw (certainly no room for a table saw). Popular opinion seems to be ...
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Plywood or Pine for bed base sub-structure

I'm planning on building a base for a queen-sized mattress, and need to decide on a material for the base's sub-structure frame. I am planning on covering/cladding this frame with a hardwood like ...
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What's the manual alternative to 1" crown staples in cabinet joints?

My upcoming cabinet carcass calls for 1" crown staples to butt join 1/2" plywood pieces. It's a fast build for garage cabinets. What's a suitable alternative if I don't have a compressor/...
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How to level plywood/OSB shed floor

We recently purchased a barn-style 8 x 24' pre-assembled shed. When it arrived, the plywood floor was not even. The edges weren't aligned, so the floor is 1/8 inch higher in some places. I'm wondering ...
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Grid pattern made out of thin wood slats or MDF

Can the wood slats or MDF be purchased pre-cut ready to assemble? If available does this product go by another name? I have read the article detailing how to make this using carpentry equipment but I ...
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Weight capacity for 3/4" plywood curvy board

We built Montessori curvy plywood balance boards. They are 36" x 11" deep by 3/4" thick. They are made of 3 layers of maple veneer plywood. I'm unsure of the exact classification of the ...
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I'd like to make 3" thick table legs using 3/4" oak veneer core plywood. Will this design work?

I'm designing a red oak table with 3" thick legs. I haven't found anywhere local where I can source 3" thick red oak boards, and the cost would probably be prohibitive anyway. So I thought I'...
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Back panels for wide cabinets

I want to build a free-standing cabinet for the kitchen but since it is my cabinet build, I am not very sure about being able to make a solid/stable cabinet without back panel. It will probably have 4 ...
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Pine vs Birch plywood bending

I'd like to make something like in this picture I'm thinking of using 1.2mm plywood doubled on each side. Is birch plywood (which seems to be quite a bit cheaper) any worse than pine? If you have any ...
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pocket hole joint Vs. cam lock joint - What's sturdier?

what is the strongest joint between using such fasteners https://www.core77.com/posts/27725/Death-to-Cam-Lock-Nuts-Flatpack-Hardware-That-Will-Hopefully-Become-Obsolete (ikea furniture ones), and the ...
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How do I smooth and fill in the C side of ACX plywood?

I want to know how I can make the C side of ACX plywood have a more finished look by smoothing and filling. What should I use and how should I do it? Background: I am making french cleat for my ...
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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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Do I need the front apron piece in a desk with a 3/4" plywood top?

I'm planning to make this desk for a person who has asked to leave off the front of the apron. She's very short and has difficulty with most desks being too high, and the ones that aren't too high don'...
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Search for metal brackets to join 1/4" plywood boxes

Ikea used to make these boxes that were made out of 1/4" plywood connected with 8 galvanized metal brackets that had an extra lip on the top that helped keep the box together. I wanted to use the ...
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Is a Pre-Stained Surface Food Safe?

I’m using Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. I’m trying to find information on whether, after drying, my surface will be safe to prepare food on. I plan to follow up with Minwax Wood Finish (Oil based)...
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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 straighten AC plywood for desktop

I'm building a very simple work-from-home desk, with 3/4" AC fir plywood for the top. The plywood has a concave bow on the top side. How do I straighten this board? Other details: I've already ...
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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 1/8" plywood enough to prevent racking or do I need 1/4"?

I'm making a shelving unit from 3/4" plywood. The unit will be 6 feet high by 3 feet wide and I'm concerned about racking. I could use corner brackets on the back, but I was thinking it might ...
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Using plywood for vertical shelving?

I want to build some shelving (actually, on wheels, for use as a rolling cart) and I'd like to use 3/4" hardwood plywood for the whole thing, because it's cheaper than wood boards and I'm going ...
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One spot on a plywood does not accept stain. What can I do?

I bought a plywood from lowes for 49 for a table top. It has a smooth finish and has an almost white color. I sanded it with 150. Applied minwax pre stain and then dark walnut stain. All oil based. ...
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Having trouble finding a good finish for baltic birch

My local home center has started stocking baltic birch pre-sanded plywood, great stuff but I cannot seem to finish it. If I try to stain its very blotchy, and if I shellac its too pale for my taste. ...
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Bending birch plywood

I have a largish piece of birch ply (120cm by 60cm) that warped -- one corner is 2cm off the flat plane. I cannot replace this piece, so I'd like to try and bend it back to a flatter condition. I ...
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Legs from 3/4 plywood.. load capacity

I am designing a 5'x6.5' loft bed. 4-5 years down the line, I'd like to be able to remove (or trim) and throw away legs ( and any under-bed furniture) and be able to use it as a regular bed afterwards....