How to Cut Thin Plywood

Written by philip powe
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Cutting thin plywood is a difficult prospect since it tends to splinter very easily. You can cut plywood that is 1/4 inch thick by following a couple of simple rules and it will reduce the amount of splintering. The items that you need will be available around your home.

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Things you need

  • Straight edge
  • Masking tape
  • Circular saw
  • Fine tooth saw blade

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  1. 1

    Measure the board to determine where the cut will need to be made. Mark where the cut will be made.

  2. 2

    Attach one layer of masking tape on each side of the plywood. Redraw the line on the tape.

  3. 3

    Turn on the saw and slowly approach the line where you are going to cut. You are going to want the blade rotating at as fast a speed as possible. This will make for a cleaner cut. Remove the masking tape when the cut is completed.

Tips and warnings

  • It helps with the cut if another person is holding the end that will be discarded.

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