Fine Furniture from Plywood
Custom thicknesses, matched grain and seams, and solid-wood details beat the plywood box look
Synopsis: Building custom furniture with veneer-grade plywood and hardwood details is a fine solution, according to Mark Edmundson, who describes best practices in this article. This article follows the construction of an elegant two-door cabinet that uses techniques that take advantage of the veneer-grade figure and stability of plywood. He explains assembly strategies for plywood furniture, how to create custom panels with high-quality sheet goods, how to make clean crosscuts on the tablesaw, and how to prepare plywood for a finish.
One look at a stack of hardwood plywood and you know why there are fewer and fewer nice planks in a unit of lumber. The best logs are scooped up by veneer mills, ending up in kitchen cabinets and mass-produced entertainment centers. Wanting to rescue these attractive panels, I had to find a way to turn them into pieces my clients would accept as custom furniture. The freestanding cabinet…