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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Is low-formaldehyde plywood important if the wood will be finished with polyurethane?

I'm willing to pay a premium for low-VOC materials to improve indoor air quality. Recently, I've been using PureBond plywood, which uses a soy-based adhesive instead of urea formaldehyde. This surely ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Is Marine Grade Plywood the same as Baltic Birch Plywood?

I have searched the website of my local big box hardware store (in Australia) for Baltic Birch Plywood with no results. They do, however, have Marine Grade Plywood. The product description states: ...
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How to fix a gap in plywood screwed joint

I've knocked together some plywood to make a shoe rack and I've messed up the cuts. There's a gap that I thought I could live with but I'd like to try and fix if possible. Notice the slight bulge? ...
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How to maintain consistency when drilling many holes in plywood

I am building a home climbing wall to a very specific third party specification, and I need to drill 610 individual 7/16" holes through 3/4" plywood. Are there any tools I could use (either rentable ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

I have some sheets of very thin plywood (beech). By very thin I mean 1/8 inch (3.00 mm). I need to make some small boxes out of it (movable compartments in drawers etc.). What would be a good way to ...
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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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Replacing a portion of a ply in plywood

I think I am basically asking to fix veneer here. Skipping the part of the conversation that this would be a waste of time (which I agree) I would like to know what would be involved in repairing a ...
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What is the minimum thickness of plywood needed to support an adult on a 38" span?

I have in the past dispensed with a box spring and used 1/2" plywood to almost completely cover the mattress base. The advantage is that the mattress has uniform support and never shows the dents from ...
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How long the bracket should be with respect to the plywood?

I have a piece of plywood 2 ft. long and 1ft. wide. I am making a wall rack using brackets. But the problem is I don't know what should be the ratio of the breadth of plywood by the bracket. ...
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Will PVA glue add some thickness to two and more pieces of plywood?

I have 5' x 5' sheets of baltic birch plywood having a thickness close to 3/4" at 23/32" so it's missing 1/32". I want to glue 4 pieces together using yellow PVA glue. I'm currently designing a ...
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Do I need a pre-stain conditioner if I'm not staining?

I'm working on a project involving a bed and cabinets. I'm using cedar 2x4s for the structure and plywood for the visible parts. I'm not sure what kind of plywood it is; I chose it because it had 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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Hot tub lid, use paint or oil to seal wood?

I'm wondering what would be a good choice for sealing a outdoor hot tub cover made from plywood? For example, would an outdoor paint or something like tung oil be better for a high heat and humidity ...
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Minimum Plywood Thickness for small "crate"

I've never done any woodwork in my life but I wanted to try. I thought about making a simple shelf consisting of a few small crate-like boxes (Each box being 60cm in Length, 15cm in Width and 20cm in ...
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Workbench out of plywood, will it deform significantly with humidity changes?

Thinking about making a workbench (80 cm long, 60 cm wide, 85cm high) out of 21 mm plywood, CNC-cut. Gluing 10cm by 10.5cm legs out of 5 layers and making the tabletop out of 2 layers. Will this be ...
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Caulking small outdoor enclosures ( bat house/ birdhouse etc.)

I'm looking into build bat houses and water proofing the enclosure is a large part of most tutorials. Almost all suggest that you need to caulk all the seams. None however are very specific on the ...
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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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How do I duplicate large fretwork, brackets and corbels? Plywood and CNC?

I need to replicate 12 Victorian 1.75 inch thick 2 foot x 4 foot ornate triangular porch brackets, plus some corbels and other details. My idea was to glue 2 or 3 layers of marine grade plywood ...
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Finish for pine plywood art piece

I'm an artist new to wood burning (pyrographics) and I just finished a female nude on pine plywood.I would like to add a finish to the figure (not the background) as a subtle emphasis. But I don't ...
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Calculating the required depth of a plywood box beam

I need to make a temporary work platform to go between two steel joists 8ft apart where the platform would be around 12in wide. To be on the safe side the platform should be able to support 2 adults, ...
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"T-slot joint" or "cam nut"- style plywood to the wall connection

I'm making a corner shelf for spare toilet paper rolls from 6.5 mm laminated plywood. I'm going to order CNC cutting of the shelf. I want to go some fancier way than just screwing l-brackets to the ...
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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 repair the edges of a plywood

I can't find the words for my problems. But this is the ply I want to repair. I want to make a rack using brackets.
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Painting inside of carving

With CNC router , I've carved the inner circle so I want to make hundreds of trays like this: what is the best way to paint the "brown part" without affecting the top edges. ( I don't want to paint ...
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How to cut wood to square it up when both sides are not cut straight?

How do I take a piece of plywood that is not square and make it square? I'm new at woodworking. The sides are not straight which I can tell by just looking at them How do I cut the wood to make it ...
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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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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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Building a Dimensionally Stable Panel Using MDF and Plywood

Can one laminate an MDF panel to plywood and still maintain dimensional stability? I'm building a 4' x 2.5' desk primarily out of maple (I intend to use either cherry or walnut for trim) and for the ...
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Built-in plywood desk and wood movement

I am building a built-in desk for my home office. I plan to use 3/4" plywood over a 2x4 frame and attach the frame to the studs. I understand that the table top needs to be allowed to expand/...
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How would I attach feet to my product?

For my GCSE Design and Technology coursework, I am making an MP3 docking station: basically a speaker. My design features a plywood box that sits on a base, which is the same shape as the box but ...
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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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Are factory edges of plywood straight?

Watching some videos on youtube, it seems that sometimes they use the factory edge as a straight edge (e.g., run it along the table saw fence to cut a parallel side). Other times they trim off that ...
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How might I fix wobble in my studio desk build?

This is my first major woodworking projects and I'm having a bit of trouble. I have built this custom music studio desk and it keeps wobbling side to side. It does have a lot of weight on it so it ...
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Am I selecting the correct drill bit for this job?

I'm new to woodworking so hopefully this question falls within this exchanges guidelines, please advise if not. I'm trying to drill the screw below into plywood as shown in the photo: There will be ...
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is plywood a good choice for serving tray?

One of my friends came to my shop and asked me to make him a pizza serving tray . I cut 19mm birch plywood to desire shape and paint it only with OSMO oil. after a month he send me this picture. I ...
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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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Use a miter gauge or a rip fence for cutting square stock on a table saw?

I have the following understanding for table saws: A cross cut is against the grain, and should use a miter gauge (w/ the rip fence removed). A rip cut is with the grain, and should use a rip fence. ...
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Square corners in CNC-cut plywood

I'm thinking about making a workbench out of CNC-cut plywood with the legs as several layers of plywood. I'm thinking about attaching the legs to the skirt (top frame to make rigid or whatever it's ...
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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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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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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....
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Easy drawer joints for plywood

I'm trying to build square shelving out of 15mm (5/8") plywood without using screws, so no pocket holes either. I'm trying to drop screws, I feel like it's much easier to do repetitive work with a ...
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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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How to assess the quality of a plywood

I am into wood working field for for past few years only thing I am always wrong in assessing the quality of the plywood. I mostly get warping of my boards after the pasting of laminates. Can someone ...
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Gluing plywood together

I have a small cabinet that I plan on wrapping in stained and wood and mounting on the wall as a liquor cabinet. The wrapped wood I plan on using 3/4 plywood with 5mm popular plywood on top of that. ...