How to Make Things Out of Plywood Sheets

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How to Make Things Out of Plywood Sheets
You can make nearly anything from plywood sheets. (plywood texture image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Plywood sheets have a variety of uses. You can make 2D projects from plywood, such as small toys for children, signs or decorative items. You can also make 3D projects from plywood, such as boxes and furniture. There are nearly limitless options for what you can make from plywood. Most things to make from plywood require a similar construction process. Use simple techniques for your first plywood projects. From there, you can expand your woodworking to more complicated construction styles and techniques.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plywood sheets
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Compass
  • Circular saw with cutting guide
  • Scroll saw (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Rasp
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Metal brackets and hinges
  • Drill
  • Wood screws or nails

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw an outline of the design that you want to cut out from the plywood. Use a measuring tape and make the outline as accurate as possible. If you need curves in the wood, use a compass to help draw them onto the wood to make a perfect circular shape.

  2. 2

    Place the wood onto the cutting grid of the circular saw. Place a cutting guide over the top of the wood to help make straight cuts. Do not attempt to cut out curved lines with the circular saw. Save any curved cuts for later.

  3. 3

    Cut any rounded cuts with a scroll saw. A scroll saw uses a very small blade, which is ideal for making small or rounded cuts.

  4. 4

    Sand the wood, paying special attention to the raw edges of the wood. Complete any additional shaping necessary with a rasp or mitre saw.

  5. 5

    Hold the wood pieces together with wood glue, screws or nails. Glue is ideal for holding joints together. Screws work well to hold large pieces of wood together, such as when making an enclosed structure like a box. Use nails to hold smaller pieces of wood together. Add additional stability to the wood by adding metal brackets to corner joints. If you choose to use screws, drill a small pilot hole into the wood before adding the screw to ensure the screw goes into the right place. Screw hinges to the wood to secure an opening.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care when operating power tools. Follow all safety instructions included with the tools, and never use the tools for anything other than the intended uses.
  • Keep power tools away from hands and clothing during operation.
  • Never operate power tools in wet environments or near pools and puddles of water.

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