Kreg Tool Tips: Cutting & Measuring by
Kreg Tool Company
The first step in getting plywood project parts to look like solid wood comes when you start breaking down the sheet. People tend to cut parts from the plywood sheet in the most efficient manner. The problem with this is that the parts don’t have consistent grain patterns.
The solution is to be as choosy with laying out plywood parts as you would be with parts cut from hardwood boards. This produces slightly more waste, but the overall look of each panel is much better.
Another important aspect is covering up the exposed plies on the edges and ends. In addition to appearance, there’s another reason for covering up the edges: The thin veneer can chip or get damaged without some protection. The trick to covering up the edges is doing it without calling attention to the edging. Two methods are shown below: