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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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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 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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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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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 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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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

Home Depot, and probably most other suppliers, will cut plywood and other sheet goods to your specs - the first couple of cuts are usually free. There may be a small charge if you want several cuts. ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

None of the above - I have a small shop and run into the same issue, have you looked into a track saw? There is plans on-line to essentially make your own using your existing portable saw.
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Is Marine Grade Plywood the same as Baltic Birch Plywood?

No. Baltic Birch is a specific product. What you're looking at is not necessarily the same. I can see a few differences right offhand. Baltic Birch is all birch. The product you're looking at ...
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What is this plywood joining mechanism and hardware for knock-down furniture?

Cam bolt and cam screw connector. Very popular in european style cabinetry. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt-15-mm-x-19-mm-Cam-Connector-Zinc-50438/203088336 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-...
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What is the name of this basic removable joint?

The proportions are a little unusual but this is a form of bridle joint. A bridle joint (also called an open mortise and tenon) is most commonly employed to join two boards at 90° at their ends, i.e. ...
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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?

A band saw is fine. I would recommend that you avoid low tooth counts such as 3 tpi (teeth per inch) and opt for a smaller/denser tooth blade. Don't get to aggressive, instead feed it through ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

So, this edges perilously close to opinion, but I'll do my best to be occasionally factual... To step back and think about your goal of setting up a woodshop, I'm tempted to say that a tablesaw of ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

In general, if you have a large production shop, a panel saw or sliding table saw might make sense, otherwise a circular saw/track saw makes the most sense. However, what works best for any given ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

I cannot comment, so I have to reply here. My brother has the Festool circular saw with the track. It is really nice, but not budget friendly. You may not find yourself cutting plywood often. ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

I often have to rip full sheets of plywood. I've tried several different methods. My favorite by far is to do it with a circular saw on the floor on a sheet of 4x8 rigid pink Styrofoam installation. ...
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What is the best way to transport (ply)wood on the roof of a vehicle?

Drive Very Slowly, and Do Not Overload. The Car Talk guys have a story about a friend who sheared off most of the front of his car when he stopped suddenly but the pile of plywood on the roof didn't. ...
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How to repair the edges of a plywood

I don't think this can be repaired. And if it can the cost will certainly be a lot higher than to replace the sheet entirely.
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

Is there ever an occasion in which a young child should be allowed to help with a table saw in such a manner? If there is a situation where an 8-yo could help with cutting on a table saw, this is ...
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

TL/DR: child should not have been used as an operator. Other answers go into more detail, but the thing that jumped out at me was that the child could unwittingly twist the ply off the fence, which ...
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Is it possible to reinforce my plywood table?

I don't think that any of your proposed solutions really address the heart of the problem. The core issue here is that the material you used for the top is not rigid enough. 1/2" ply is not ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

If you cut the bevel on a table saw, just tip the blade 3° the other way, flip the frame over, raise the blade just high enough to cut through the plywood and be done with it. If you used your ...
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What type of board material can I use for a gaming table's play area?

I would say that your main requirement is to have the surface smooth and flat so that the covering material is also smooth and flat in turn. OSB is not appropriate for this, as it has a rough texture ...
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What type of board material can I use for a gaming table's play area?

Should I be concerned with the type of material I use? Well as a general rule, always. Appearance isn't an issue. The only place it'll be visible is from underneath anyway and I don't care if that ...
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Plywood Bunk Bed

I do not recommend simply screwing this assembly together. There are a variety of ways to attach the members such as glueing, glue and screw, metal angles with screws, specialty hardware etc. Before ...
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What is aircraft plywood? What is it used for?

From Wikipedia: Aircraft plywood High-strength plywood also known as aircraft plywood, is made from mahogany and/or birch, and uses adhesives with increased resistance to heat and humidity. It was ...
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