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

I use a Stanley Panel Carry (Model 93-300). It is about $7.00 on Amazon or at Home Depot. For cutting panels, the best way is to get a sheet of foam insulation, and lay it on the ground and put the ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

There are commercial handles that are supposed to make carrying plywood easier, but they're not inexpensive. The simplest way I've carried sheet goods is with a loop of rope caught on the corners. ...
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How can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?

How can I cut a large circle out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood? You sound like the perfect candidate for a router circle jig. The one linked is available at Rockler, but they are easy enough to make ...
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Is vertical storage of sheet goods causing my boards to warp?

MDF is heavy and we all know that. Like keshlam says if it is not supported across its vertical span then it will pull itself down slowly warping it. Gravity is a [w]itch. Now if you cannot store it ...
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Would this TV stand made almost entirely of 3/4 in birch plywood withstand the load?

If you build this right I think you could safely park a motorcycle on top of it. And no, I'm not exaggerating. A (very large apparently!) TV and soundbar should not pose any risk whatsoever. As ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

Don't make marks where they will show up on the finished piece in the first place. Prefer marking in places so the mark will be on the inside or use masking tape to hold the identifying marks.
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Is wood movement an issue with edge banded plywood?

I edge band plywood for everything except cabinets for the shop. I have used the heat sensitive, iron on banding as well as shop made, glue on banding. Both work well. The iron on banding is not as ...
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How do I calculate the weight threshold for plywood boxes/cabinet carcasses?

The sagulator will give deflection values for horizontal shelf spans using various materials and thicknesses. Unless you are working with extremely heavy loads (more than the weight of a countertop ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

There are panel carriers which range from inexpensive at less than $10 to rather pricey at around $50. You can also use the rope loop method as suggested by TX Turner. Personally, I try to avoid ...
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What kind of finish should I use inside dresser drawers?

Major re-write as I missed that you were asking specifically about the drawers themselves. Seems it's pretty much 50/50 on whether people even finish them at all The traditional practice was for ...
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Glue spots under stain

The problem appears to be that glue has sealed the pores of the wood, preventing stain from penetrating. In order to fix the stain, you'll first need to get to wood that's not sealed. I can think of ...
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Is wood movement an issue with edge banded plywood?

Plywood is more dimensionally stable so yes, edge banding works as well or better on ply than on particleboard / chipboard. Edge banding is almost synonymous with plywood construction; woodworking ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

Assuming of course that you have no problem with the weight, I just stand the board on the long edge, go to the middle of the board tip it maybe on my foot or some other thing to get my hand under it ...
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How can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?

You can cut a perfect circle top using your table saw. To do this, you will need a jig (a large sheet of plywood with a pin on which the board being cut spins). Cut off corners (on the work piece) ...
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How do I seal plywood joints effectively for outdoor use?

I used to build a lot of wood boating projects, i.e. deck boxes for life-jackets, hatch covers etc. Anytime two boards were joined, I used a spline the full length and filled the gap (if one existed ...
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How do I seal plywood joints effectively for outdoor use?

You will want to install siding, essentially add a layer of material that repels the water away from the plywood. You can start by wrapping it in plastic housewrap and then nail wooden shingles to ...
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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? If you're asking whether you will only see a flat, smooth base below the paint (like ...
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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? I would recommend against using plywood for this application. The glues in most plywoods don't stand up to water over time and will ...
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8 to 12 mm plywood box joints: brackets vs glue(box joint) vs screws

The box size would be height=400mm, length=800mm, width=400mm, made of 10mm plywood. Say the max load on boxes when used as benches = turned open side down is 200kg and the load when used as a box is ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

If you have a hand plane plywood edges are easy to plane. Size of plane does not matter, this can be done with block plane if this is only type available. Without hand planes I would trim close with ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

It wasn't until I noticed that my once tight-fitting dados were now loose that I realized that I almost sanded through the top layer of the plywood in my efforts to remove the marks. You're not the ...
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When did people start using plywood rather than real hardwood?

When did technology become available to make plywood? Plywood in the sense of cross-grained veneers glued together is actually very old, for example various sources claim the Egyptians and ancient ...
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Is vertical storage of sheet goods causing my boards to warp?

If you lean stuff against a wall at an angle, it's weight will tend to cause it to bow. If you can stand it fully upright with support on both sides that will be less likely to happen. Or you can ...
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Would this TV stand made almost entirely of 3/4 in birch plywood withstand the load?

3/4" plywood is VERY strong. I have some on a shelf in my shed holding my turning wood, I used full 4'x8' sheets and I have several hundred pounds on it. no dipping. I also have some 1/2" ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

The two suggestions, for the crayons, that I have heard of are: Light planing where the marks are. It has the advantage of targeting where the marks so that you are not actually removing the wood at ...
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Why is plywood often undersized?

This seems to be a matter of manufacturing and in some cases quality (in the sense of You get what you paid for) which is more speaking of the choice of wood, type and thickness of core and type and ...
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Gluing plywood to plywood for doll's house floor

This would very much depend on the quality of your plywood which sounds questionable. You also don't mention the thickness which would play a role here as well. The overall dimensions of the project ...
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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? In terms of finish, the only sure way to waterproof wood is with a good film finish. While epoxy finishes, such as used in marine ...
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Can miter lock joints be made without a routing table?

The reason the lock miter bit is restricted to the router table is mostly for safety - it is a large diameter bit, and it exerts a lot of force on whoever is holding the router, be it you or the table....
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

Woodworking encompasses a lot of different project types to practitioners. By far and away, I believe the most important and versatile tool in any woodshop is a table saw. Cutting your panels in the ...
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