Ignore the Cutting Diagram

posted 1/12/2016 in 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.
Ignore the Cutting Diagram
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:

Custom Edging

A key to blending the edging and plywood is to make sure the color and grain are as similar as possible.

One surefire way to do this is to cut the edging from the same plywood as the rest of the project. At the table saw, cut a kerf along the edge of a piece of plywood, leaving only the face veneer. Simply cut the veneer free from the blank with a utility knife and straightedge and it’s ready to be glued in place. The result is a perfect match.

Hardwood Edging

For an edge that needs to stand up to more wear and tear, glue a strip of hardwood to the edge of a plywood panel. By taking some time and care in selecting the stock for the edging, you can get a good match.

To conceal things even more, add a simple profile to the edging. A slight chamfer or roundover that begins at the joint line helps blend the parts together visually.    

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