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Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm .

This week, the prize is Hendrik’s third DVD course called “Working with Plywood”.
It is almost 11 1/2 hours long and focuses on how to use plywood effectively in your projects. It also has a long and detailed bonus section with a step-by-step tutorial on building a stopped dado router jig, one of the most important jigs Hendrik uses in his workshop for working with plywood. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-plywood.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.

To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: “What is the biggest difference, in your mind, between working with plywood and working with solid wood?” Post a comment before January 17th and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we’ll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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Roger

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#1 posted 203 days ago

I would say plywood is kind of affordable, and very stable if you get a good plywood. However, in my opinion, plywood will never “out-do” a good hardwood. That’s my 2-cents.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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jdmaher

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#2 posted 203 days ago

On the plus side, the number one advantage is width – easy, affordable width. Its hard to find wide hardwood boards, and quality glue-ups are hard to achieve. Add to that stability (no bow, cup, warp, twist, etc.) as a close second.

On the minus side, the edges need to be covered and thickness cannot be changed.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 203 days ago

The biggest difference to me is the accessories for the tools that are used, such as blades, bits, etc.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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wseand

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#4 posted 203 days ago

None, I use ply wood as needed on a project. Or I can make the entire project out of it. It’s just a different type of wood to me.

Ms. Debbie you were up far to early posting this.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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SFDCapt

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#5 posted 203 days ago

The stability and strength afford by the multiple layers of cross grain.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#6 posted 203 days ago

Plywood certainly has its uses in many projects, My biggest beef with plywood is the varying thickness for sheet to sheet. When using hardwood I can control the thickness of my workpiece, with plywood you get what you get and must compensate for the variations. Bruce

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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MTMan2

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#7 posted 203 days ago

“What is the biggest difference, in your mind, between working with plywood and working with solid wood?”

Joinery… no, Movement… no, Joinery… Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

(Monty Python may have impacted my youth a little more than strictly necessary?)

-- - The most recognized name in all of recorded history was worn by a woodworker.

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SirGareth

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#8 posted 203 days ago

For large projects, sheet goods such as plywood can be a real time-saver. Rather than jointing, planing and gluing traditional stock, plywood provides a quick, stable alternative.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Mike_from_Buffalo

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#9 posted 203 days ago

With solid wood you have to pay attention to all the details. Were is the project going to be used? How much will the humidity swing? How should I design my joints to allow for expansion and contraction. Plywood is much simpler in that sense. The beauty of plywood is in its ability to be used in creative designs not possible with solid wood.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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Julian

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#10 posted 202 days ago

The biggest benefit (for me) to use plywood is stability; no movement due to weather conditions. I often use plywood for veneering projects. A close second is that plywood is much lighter than solid wood which makes larger projects easier to move. The biggest concern I have when using plywood is to not sand through the top veneer layer.

-- Julian

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tyvekboy

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#11 posted 202 days ago

Depending on the grade of plywood (i.e. – Baltic Birch Plywood VS Cabinet Grade Plywood VS Chinese plywood VS plywood sheathing) I think the biggest difference between plywood and solid wood is the stability of plywood. Also working with the end grain and running into voids in the cheaper plywoods is another difference.

Other than that, plywood is really stable. Also, cutting box joints in plywood with a router jig is not as good as in solid wood. Box joints in plywood really needs to be done on a table saw.

Because of the perpendicular grain laminations, plywood seems to be stronger than hardwood of equal size.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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mmh

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#12 posted 202 days ago

Although I have seen some interesting and stable work made with plywood, and it is more affordable than solid wood, I focus on solid hardwoods for my creations as I want to show off what Mother Nature has created and bring this out through my designs. I am constantly searching for wood with natural, interesting grain and this is part of the challenge for my work.

This is not to say that I will never want to work with plywood in my cane designs, but not my current goal. I have used plywood for furniture or cabinetry projects and plywood is a very formidable wood product for this type of application.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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hornhunter

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#13 posted 202 days ago

Well, for me here in upstate NY, I have not found any veneer plywood that is two sided with the same species, i.e., say cherry both faces. I have only found one face of desired species and the other always seems to be birch. Both faces are of decent quality, but if you want both faces exposed and the same species showing you need to add your own veneer to it, which I have done with sucess.

And of course (for me anyway) the project needs to be designed to hide end grains, which can be limiting.

The other thing I don’t like about plywood is the difficulty of getting an even stain on it. I generally try and avoid stain and just use clear poly. These are non issues with most solid woods.

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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Francois Vigneron

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#14 posted 202 days ago

When I work with solid wood, I try to buy the slabs from the same tree and use them all for one project. If I mix species, I will try to use only one tree per specie. I like to have that form of intimacy with the tree that will become my project. For example, the walnut coffee table in my living room has an insert of curly maple that comes from the same board than the one I used to carve a little heart Christmas ornament for my dad. I will always remember that connection even when he will be long gone.

When I work with plywood, especially precious ones, I try to remember that each sheet comes from numerous trees and connects me to a whole patch of forest.

Thus, in my mind, working with solid wood is like having coffee with my best friend while working with plywood is like having Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family. It’s a different feeling, but both make me happy.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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elkhunter

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#15 posted 202 days ago

Plywood is easy, but hard at the same time. No worry about expansion or joint lines in glued up panels. Edging is easy enough. Their is a need for some for-thought, about joinery and how to hide the edges. You can find many species of plywood to choose from. You can make a walnut end table, a red oak dresser drawer, cherry kitchen cabinets, or a tiger maple toy box for your child or grandchild and not have to take out a second mortgage on your home to do so! It is easy to use simple joinery, dados and pocket screws, and rabbets.

-- John of Idaho

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