$25 worth of Home Depot 3/4" BC plywood meets table saw

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Project by mgb_2x posted 02-10-2010 09:38 PM 6456 views 24 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You may recall my previous plywood project ? I decided to spend a little energy and effort to further explore what could be done with plywood. All of these boxes were made from one 4×4 sheet of 3/4 BC plywood purchased at HD. As you know this plywood comes with a fir top and bottom ply and a random assortment of mahogany/luan type woods in the the center. The fir is not very attractive and exposing the inner plys creates an interesting look. Also of note, all the work was done on a 70s era Craftsman table saw that I got from my Father’s shop. I used a router to make recesses for hinges and an orbital sander. The key is to either cope, bow or bevel every surface to expose the inner plys. The combintions are unlimited. Occasionally you will need to repair some of the voids created as you cut into the inner plys, easy to do with little pieces of scrap. Lots of sanding needed. I experimented with a few different stains to see different looks. Everyone seems to like the look and many like these boxes better than some of my exotic wood boxes. It’s all fun.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 09:44 PM

very nice ‘zen ’ boxes !

you are right ,
the rustic adds to the appeal !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 09:45 PM

Well done. The exposed edges actually enhance the pieces.

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 09:49 PM

i think these are beautiful…who would have guessed you could make plywood look so certainly have done a wonderful job…thank you for posting these…maybe a project for me to take on sometime soon…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 09:56 PM

Good post.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 10:06 PM

Yes..good post. Plywood is often overlooked, but you have shown a new dimension…. boldly going where no one has gone…..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 10:16 PM

What does BC stands for in a BC Plywood?

-- Ed

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 10:18 PM

What a great bunch of boxes

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 10:23 PM

refers to the grade of the plywood for more info go to


-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 10:26 PM

Nice use for plywood…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 10:34 PM

BC is a grading code. B was the good side and c the lesser. In the lumber yards you will see aa,ab,ac,bb,bc,cdx these grading codes let you know of the top and bottom grades of your plywoods.
Nice boxes———- thinking outside the box and being creative. Great job

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 10:47 PM

Whoever said you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear has never seen these boxes. Excellent!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 11:11 PM

That’s amazing. I like um. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#13 posted 02-10-2010 11:17 PM

These kinds of projects are what makes LJ’s website a lot of fun. It encourages us to expand our horizons in the woodshop. Thanks for posting these amazing boxes.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 11:40 PM

Good stuff.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 02-10-2010 11:53 PM

great boxes… who knew you could get such a nice effect from lowly plywood from the Borg!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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