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Top Tips For Plywood Woodworking At Home

Found yourself stuck at home but with the urge to get crafting and building? Not accustomed to having to get your plywood woodworking projects done while in your house? Don’t stress! Plenty of people have been in a similar situation before, and thankfully there are plenty of helpful tips to keep you working smoothly.

For one reason or another we can often find ourselves stuck around the house with an urge to create. For some, this isn’t a problem. Many woodworkers have dedicated spaces at home where they can work to their heart’s content, but for others this isn’t possible. If you’re itching to get handy at home, Plyco is here with some top tips to make your plywood work at home so much easier.

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Tip: Make a Bi-Fold Workbench

If you’re woodworking from home but don’t have a dedicated space, chances are you might not have a suitable bench for you to work on. Luckily, resourceful DIY warriors have been creating solutions to these problems.

bi-fold doors repurposed for a plywood woodworking bench

Many hobbyist builders have utilised old scrap doors laid across a sawhorse as a makeshift workbench. This is quite a smart re-purposing of an old door, but if space is an issue it might not help too much. Having a large door somewhere in your house isn’t exactly convenient. However, if you switch from a traditional door to a bi-fold door, voila, you’ve got yourself a workbench that then folds up and becomes more compact and easy to store!

Obviously, this tip works best if you have access to an old bi-fold door that isn’t being used, as you’ll save a bit of money that way. If you don’t have access to a scrap bi-fold door, thankfully the cheapest new options won’t break the bank.

Tip: DIY Mixing Surface

Need somewhere to mix epoxy or even paint? Well, this handy little hack will give your own mini mixing surface in seconds. If you place down some painters tape, you can use that surface to mix whatever you need and not have to worry about any messy cleanup. All you need to do once you’re finished mixing is peel off the tape and dispose!

This DIY hack can be used for a multitude of surfaces including wood. Speaking of glue...

Tip: Prevent Excess Glue Mess

Glue is often the prime culprit for a messy woodworking scene. Even if you’re using our mixing tip, glue will still ooze when you’re putting together plywood pieces and often this can end up dripping onto surfaces you’d prefer to keep glue-free.

plywood glue

To stop the glue from getting everywhere we’re going to go back to that handy painter’s tape yet again. Place the tape along the joint and then cut along it with a blade of your choosing. Once you put the individual pieces together with glue, it will ooze onto the tape instead of your beautiful ply boards.

Just like the DIY mixing surface, peel the tap off and the mess is gone in an instant!

Tip: Glue Cleanup

Unfortunately, sometimes the seemingly foolproof solutions to keep glue from getting everywhere don’t quite work as intended. It wouldn’t be a woodworking project without at least one unintended issue popping up.

sawdust used to soak up plywood glue

If your issue is that you have a bunch of excess glue everywhere we have a very simple solution that also serves as a way to utilise the other mess leftover from your plywood. Grab that pesky saw dust, sprinkle it over the affected areas and you’ve got yourself a homemade glue removal system. To make sure this works effectively the glue still needs to be wet.

Not only is this a great general clean up method for glue, but it’s also the best way to remove it from plywood itself. Unless you’re working with Marine or Exterior grade plywood moisture can negatively affect your board. If you over do it with a wet cloth you could be unintentionally hurting the longevity of your project. Replacing traditional cleanup methods with our sawdust method eliminates this potential pitfall entirely!

Brandon Marlow
Brandon Marlow
Brandon is the Woodworking Wordsmith and Social Media Sage at Plyco HQ. Crafting copy for customer tutorials, inspiration and advice, Brandon builds and maintains Plyco's plywood knowledge base.

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