Patterned Plywood Using Only PLYWOOD SCRAPS!

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Introduction: Patterned Plywood Using Only PLYWOOD SCRAPS!

About: My name is Blake, I make things for a living. I love experimenting with new materials to create sculptures, furniture and everything in between.

In this instructable, I will show you how I created this patterned plywood project using only SCRAP PLYWOOD!

Step 1: Go Through Your Scrap Plywood Pile

I used Baltic Birch for this project, however you can use any kind of plywood. I would recommend using higher grade plywood with a nice finished surface for best results. It is also best to use plywood without a lot of gaps or knots between different plys.

Step 2: Rip the Plywood Into Thin Strips.

You want to rip the plywood into thin strips. Remember that when the plywood is flipped onto its side, the ripping width will become the height of the piece. Rip the width that you want, there is no correct or incorrect measurement. I used a width of 1" for reference.

Step 3: Flip All the Strips With Ply Facing Up and Glue Together. (unless You Want to Mix Things Up Like Mine)

For my design, I ended up flipping every 8th strip so that the finished ply was facing outward. To make it the correct thickness I had to glue two strips together. Make sure to use an adequate amount of glue on both sides of wood. I would highly recommend to do the glue ups in smaller sets. I ended up doing 4 separate glue ups, then combining them into one big sheet for easier clamping and working with the glue set up time.

Step 4: Cut 45 Degree Angled Strips of Desired Width.

Use the table saw to cut 45 degree angle strips of the glued up plywood sheet. To make this more manageable for me, I cut my big plywood sheet in half at the 45 degrees. The width you decide to cut does not matter, it is all user preference. For reference, I cut my strips 1.5" wide.

Step 5: Arrange Your Strips in Desired Design and Glue Back Up.

Spend some time moving around the strips of wood into a pattern you like. Once you find a pattern you like, spend time gluing them up in smaller batches.

Step 6: Cut Them at 90 Degrees on the Table Saw

Once all the Glue is dry, use the table saw to rip the plywood into strips yet again. The width still does not matter here. Any desired width will work. For reference, I just ripped in the dead center of the patterns.

Step 7: The Final Glue Up.

Glue up for your last time!!!! OR take it a step further and rip into strips again!

Step 8: Plane the Plywood Sheet Flat.

You can plane many different ways. I decided to use a router sled to plane both sides of my plywood sheet. The video will show how I made this very simple router sled. Once the bulk of the piece is planed, sand, sand and more sanding!

Step 9: Finish the Patterned Plywood Board With Your Favorite Sealer.

I used a simple polyurethane to finish the wood.

Step 10: Admire What You Just Created!

Your done! Now you can use this patterned plywood for a tabletop, wall picture, cutting board..... The possibilities are endless!

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    18 Comments

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    ScottGloster
    ScottGloster

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 1

    Can you use different plywood together?

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    Stevens Workshop
    Stevens Workshop

    1 year ago

    Nice work, I love how many patterns you can make with plywood, loads of options.
    The Bob Ross t-shirt is pretty cool too

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes there are so many different cuts you can do to make different patterns. I am excited to do some more experimenting!

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    Stevens Workshop
    Stevens Workshop

    Reply 1 year ago

    I look forward to seeing more of your experimentation.

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    jallisson
    jallisson

    1 year ago

    Espetacular! Parabéns belo trabalho!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!!! Gracias

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    jallisson
    jallisson

    Reply 1 year ago

    Obrigado! I'm from Brazil, good luck!

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    Gastonone
    Gastonone

    Tip 1 year ago

    Very, very beautiful! But OMG that is a lot of work!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Roughly 15 hours or so minus glue curing times!

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    xstfoc
    xstfoc

    Question 1 year ago

    How many hours did this project take you? (Or maybe I should ask, how many days)

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Roughly 15 hours or so I would estimate

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Minus the glue dry times that is!

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    xstfoc
    xstfoc

    1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous !!!! Who would guess that lowly plywood could be transformed into something soooooo beautiful ?!!! (I also love the Bob Ross shirt)

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much! Bob is the man!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    knife141
    knife141

    1 year ago

    WOW! That is amazing!!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much!