What To Do With That Sheet of 3/4" Plywood

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Project by shipwright posted 06-23-2016 10:49 PM 2823 views 8 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Obviously the project isn’t actually finished but the one sheet of plywood part just about is. I’m trying to design a dead easy to build chevalet for my students, one that doesn’t require sophisticated joinery. So far I’m really impressed with how crisp the lines are on this little guy and how very solid he is.
I say little because this one will be a 20 1/2” to 23” adjustable saw for one of my first students who …..... isn’t all that tall.

You will be hearing more about this one …..... promise.

Thanks for looking


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 06-23-2016 11:13 PM

Looking forward to it Paul.

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#2 posted 06-23-2016 11:14 PM

That looks really neat.
Reminds me of your bench too, which ain’t so shabby.
You are the pride of the west.


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#3 posted 06-23-2016 11:16 PM

Nice project Paul, nothing better than playing with plywood.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 06-23-2016 11:31 PM

Hope you keep us updated.

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#5 posted 06-23-2016 11:36 PM

Very interesting project for sure!
Almost to the point of wanting to build one.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 06-23-2016 11:40 PM

Very interesting Paul, looking forward to more posts on this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 06-23-2016 11:44 PM

Looking good , Paul. Plywood is amazingly strong when laid up like that!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-23-2016 11:57 PM

Paul, you are simply amazing… :)

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#9 posted 06-24-2016 12:33 AM

That’s just downright cute.

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#10 posted 06-24-2016 12:37 AM

Nothing wrong with laminated material and has a look all it’s own which can be very pleasing .
Will the arm and bearings ETC. be the same as the once you built for your classes ?


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 06-24-2016 12:49 AM

Yes, sir. More, please, sir.
Incidentally, in the early days of the motorcar industry Chevys, and all the others, were built, largely of plywood.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 06-24-2016 01:36 AM

Ok, I’m watching.

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#14 posted 06-24-2016 02:24 AM

Quite cool, I can hear some Frenchmen turning in their graves. Very practical and stable.


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#15 posted 06-24-2016 05:22 AM

Thanks everyone. There will be more on this of course.

Klaus, yes plywood can be pleasing to the eye and this is void free so it looks really nice already, no finish but that said you know how I am with veneer…..
As for the working parts, I have no intention to try to improve on perfection. The classic chevy works just soooo well so I will keep it functionally pretty much like all my others which work pretty much like the traditional saws. All I’m trying to do here is make it a little more accessible to woodworkers without high end joinery skills and use easy to source materials.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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