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#1 posted 09-03-2015 08:10 PM

It’s hard to say. Get some scrap that’s the same as you’re going to use for the build and give it a whirl.

The biggest issue I see with your plan is end grain. Plywood end grain looks like plywood unless you edge band it or prep it with drywall mud or something similar. If you’re not going to edge the plywood, you’re not going to be able to hide all the edges. If you cut the shallow kerfs to give the appearance of separate boards, it’s going to be obvious that they’re not separate boards on the ends. Even with cutting the kerfs, it’s not really going to look like separate boards because you’re going to have matching grain. I’d be afraid it’s just gonna look like plywood with kerfs cut in it. If you do decide to go that route, you might consider ripping the ply into 4-6” strips and “mixing” them up to break up the grain pattern. I think that would give a much more convincing look than the kerfs. You’ll still have to live with the end grain though.

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