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What to do with all this free plywood?

by Sailor
posted 02-13-2012 02:23 PM

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 02:46 PM

As a “First Responder” (to this post, not a Hero), I say send it to me! I need to build a lot of mobile shop cabinets/machine tables.

I’m trying to prevent you from having a brain cramp. Just try’n to help.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 03:07 PM

If I still lived in Dothan, I would say: “Give me your address and I will come get any you don’t want.”

I see some nice shop cabinets, tool storage, work space, etc. in your future.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 03:14 PM

You must be at the peanut festival fair grounds huh? I live in Bainbridge Ga so I can help you out with some too. Haaa Haaa.

I’m with Randy if you need shop tables, cabinets, mobile cabinets, wall cabinets etc you got plenty of wood to start with. If you have to remove the wood you put up at the arena you got the rest of it then.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 06:43 PM

If you love doing lots of glue-ups and shaping, you could always do something crazy like this.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 01:28 PM

you could double-it-up if needed: mobil carts, shop cabinets, storage drawers, jigs if it’s really flat. If I lived closer, I’d be like TrBlu, and would pay you a visit. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 03:22 PM

Well, you could load half of it up and meet me in Biloxi….........I could always use cabinet material! Hahahaha!

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 03:40 PM

Any nearby art galleries that need pedestals?

Could you market take-apart picnic tables for kids?

Tansu chests?

How about manufacturing a musical instrument?



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

#8 posted 02-14-2012 03:59 PM

It sounds like there is a lot of interest in plywood, which means you could probably sell it! Or, if you want to use it yourself, you could build a small shed for tools and whatnot.


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#9 posted 02-14-2012 11:49 PM

Thanks for the project suggestions and for the offerings to take it off my hands! I still haven’t figured out what exactly to do with it yet, but I like your ideas!

ldl, You are correct, how did you know I was at the Peanut Festival Fairgrounds??

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 12:04 AM

I can always find a good use for sheet goods. I try to keep a few sheets around to use for bottoms of boxes, carcases for cabinets, shop jigs, patterns, panels for cabinets (as a vaneering base) name it. It seems that I am always buying sheet goods for something or other.

So to answer your question (without adding the obigatory – give it to me…lol) can do alot with extra sheet goods….and having them on hand (if you have the space) is sure convenient. I do recommend you consider these as raw materials for many projects and don’t try to use them all up at once. If you have some organization needs at your shop – sheet goods are great for shelves, fastener racks, cabinets, carts….etc…etc. I could go on and on….but I am sure you get the jist of it.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 04:02 AM

Travis Perry of “Pure & Simple” bluegrass band had a couple of Bluegrass festivals there a couple of years ago and we attended.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#12 posted 02-15-2012 04:53 AM

Shelves, cabinets, carts with wheels, storage racks, lumber racks, hand plane racks.

A wall of cubby holes, a workbench around the perimeter of your shop. Different height workbenches for different applications.

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 09:09 PM

ldl, thats neat! Coincidentally I am working out there getting it ready for another music festival!

Check it out –

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 09:40 PM

Just like money, put it in the bank. You’ll know when you need it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 02-16-2012 02:06 AM

Boy you really got a top notch slate of performers for sure. Wish I could attend but circumstances won’t permit it.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#16 posted 02-16-2012 06:28 AM

I do a lot of laminate work. If I had that plywood, I would use it to make forms. Some of my forms (rocking chair rockers for example) are about 4 feet long and 3” thick. I made the forms from plywood that I glued together.
I also use ply for jigs. Since these are 1/2” I would definitely glue them together to get a little more thickness.
With the rest, build yourself some storage for the shop. Use rail and stile techniques and the 1/2 ply will be perfect panels.
Good luck…..

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#17 posted 02-17-2012 07:11 PM

Have you seen his work in plywood? ...

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#18 posted 02-17-2012 08:57 PM

This is here nor there, but had you made the bar tops 24” wide instead of 26” wide we wouldn’t be having this conversation….

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#19 posted 02-17-2012 09:00 PM

Just an FYI, if you ever do this again, usually full units of plywood can be ordered 5’X8’ from the mill.

The sheets are slightly more money per SF, but your yield is a LOT higher – Makes it worth the effort.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#20 posted 02-17-2012 09:12 PM

Dewayne, my mothers folks are from Bainbridge.
Last time I was there the nats were still in charge, but I hope to get back some day anyway.

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#21 posted 10-02-2013 12:56 AM

Can i have it? I really need some. Email me at to tell me if i can have it or not.

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