Experimenting with plywood as a decorative element

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Project by bobkberg posted 11-06-2014 04:38 AM 1807 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

My wife and I saw a cabinet that looked as though the surface was made up like the edges of plywood. It wasn’t, but it got me to thinking about what that might look like.

So I took a piece of scrap plywood and sliced it really thin (1/8”) and glued up the strips side-by-side on some masonite.

That was with the strips cut parallel to the surface grain.

Then I sanded it flat and smooth, puttied it to fill gaps and sealed it with a poly sanding sealer.

That was interesting, so then I cut strips the other direction (cross-wise to the surface grain) and glued them up in a herringbone pattern, sanded, puttied, etc.

What was interesting was how much of a color difference there is between the two samples. Same piece of plywood, same putty, same sanding sealer!

It’s not a real project, more of a “proof of concept”, but my wife is already thinking up things that she would like to use something like this as a decorative detail.

The cutting and glue-up for the straight section took maybe 30-40 minutes. The herringbone sample took about an hour and a half. Both pieces are roughly 5X18”.

All comments welcome. I like the idea of turning something ordinary into something new by treating it in a different manner.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 10:45 AM

That is really interesting how the colour has changed.

Thanks for sharing,


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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