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Nov 28, 2017

How to Prevent Tearout and Splintering When Cutting Plywood, Once and For All

Plywood is awesome. It's affordable, easy to work, and, when used properly, looks great. 

Plywood also brings its share of headaches, specifically, tearout: the rough, jagged edges that result from cutting through the thin veneers. It's frustrating, and it looks absolutely terrible. Any woodworker who's ever used it can speak its woes, which can ruin an otherwise high-quality project.

But my friends, it doesn't have to be that way. Whether your building a simple shop project or a full fleet of custom kitchen cabinets, you, too, can virtually eliminate tearout.

Let's make some crosscuts.       

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Nov 01, 2016

Roundup: 6 Masculine Ways to Use Plywood in Your Home

Plywood DIY Ideas

Plywood. We love it. It's affordable, it's easy to work, and brings all kinds of warmth and texture into any masculine-friendly decor.

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Oct 25, 2016

Building a Bookshelf From a Single Sheet of Plywood

created at: 03/22/2015

Steve Ramsey's Woodworking For Mere Mortals is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Not only is he funny, he's honest. This is a great example of a simple idea and the challenges you face in the middle of a project.

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Jun 29, 2016

How to: Mount Posters and Art to Plywood for an Affordable Modern Look

Mounting odd-shaped posters on plywood

In my hometown there's a poster shop that makes letterpress posters for every band that plays at The Ryman Auditorium. The fun part is you never know what size the poster will be and you can count on the size being something that could only be framed in a custom size.    

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Jun 23, 2016

How to Build a Table from a Single Sheet of Plywood

Ah....the 4x8' sheet of birch plywood. A timeless DIY material, strong, dimensionally stable, and full of crisp lines and repeated grain patterns. It's great for everything from workshop jigs to cabinet carcasses to casework to... a full sized dining table?   

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Feb 17, 2016

Make This: You Need A Solid Work Bench

Gluing Up a TopThe heart of a workshop is the bench. It's the base where everything is made so it need to be solid and easy to use. Here's a great tutorial on making a simple bench with plenty of function.  

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Jul 16, 2015

How to Bend Wood and Plywood at Home: Laminations Explained

I've always been fascinated with curved wood furniture. It doesn't feel right to take straight stock and curve it like that, but at the same time the results are fantastic. It's definitely an art and now I've found a great video that makes it something I'm a little less afraid to do.  

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Mar 12, 2015

A Love Letter to Plywood

Two years ago, Tom Sachs offered his video "Love Letter to Plywood," and we're kicking ourselves for not catching it then. Thankfully, Tom has updated his piece, and this beauty is getting some fresh attention. If you haven't seen it yet, click play to watch below. 

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Apr 13, 2012

Free DIY Plans: Simple Plywood Table and Bench

created at: 04/13/2012

Dutch designer Marjan Verboeket created free plans for this simple, rustic table and stackable bench. Constructed from an inexpensive single 8x4' sheet of plywood, you can have all the pieces cut to size at the hardware store, and assemble it at home with a few nails and glue.

The seats slide under the table for storage, making this a great solution

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Mar 06, 2012

Minimalist Wood Etchings of Mitch Hedberg Jokes

Sometimes, there are just those works of art, films, books, and records that are just an embarrassment of riches, and simply contain everything you love. For me, this series of Mitch Hedberg quotes, burned into plywood with minimalist illustrations and great typography is about as good as it gets.

     

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Oct 20, 2011

Guy Makes a Skateboard Deck Out of Popsicle Sticks (and You Can Too!)

created at: 10/20/2011

Here's your DIY interesting fact for the day: popsicle sticks are made from baltic birch. Which is an exceptionally good material for plywood - it's very strong, holds hardware well, and is the go-to material for around the shop jigs, fixtures, and furniture, as well as hobby projects like model aircraft.

So, what's an enterprising maker to do? Create a section of laminated, steam-bendable DIY plywood from the craft store staple, perfect for making a longboard skateboard from scratch.

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Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

created at: 02/03/2011

You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

Materials and Tools  

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Make a Bent Wood Bowl

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm an enormous fan of bent plywood furniture. The subtle curving shapes of the precedent-setting Eames chairs are amazing:

created at: 12/14/2010

And while it's not impossible to do at home, it would take a lot of gear, time, and money. Individual layers are steamed and then laminated (glued on top of each other) over two-sided forms, forming curved plywood.

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Sep 28, 2010

Make a DIY Bent Plywood Bicycle

Boy, do I love me some molded plywood. It gives my Eames lounge-ish chair its perfect shape, and is quite functional in my walnut magazine end table and this laptop riser I hacked from an IKEA stool.

And, as some industrious design students figured out, you can create a bike frame at home by learning to laminate and mold your own plywood elements. Brilliant! Even if you're not digging on building a bike frame, this is a great tutorial for learning how to mold and bend plywood.

  

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