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Plywood for Mobile Base

by NeophyteGrant
posted 10-07-2018 03:58 AM


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lumbering_on

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#1 posted 10-07-2018 04:31 AM

If you’re talking about how much weight you can support then even if there is a difference it wouldn’t matter with only 180 lbs. 3/4” plywood is incredibly strong, so unless you want your shop cabinets to look great, there is no reason to use anything else.

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#2 posted 10-07-2018 06:01 AM

^^^ Yep

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 09:18 AM

For support of a tool, such as a drill press on a rolling base I have often used CDX Plywood, low cost, and the 3/4” stuff often is supporting major roles in the houses we live in, so it’s plenty up to the job of holding up 180#. Generally for better wear, and less chance of delamination I mop on some Poly pre use, and allow that to dry well. Keep the higher cost stuff for something upright you will be looking at, like a cabinet.

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#4 posted 10-07-2018 03:26 PM

I have a machine that weighs 595# sitting on a plywood base. If you build it right, plywood can support an incredible amount of weight. I would finish it with a shellac sealer and any finish you want, like paint or a stain.

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#5 posted 10-08-2018 11:19 PM

Thanks for confirming guys. You guys are the bee’s knees. It’s nice to put that nagging thought to bed. Most of what I have been using ply for is shop furniture. And although I like them to look clean (nothing like a crisp looking shop to elevate the mood—kind of like a suit, though I dislike suits I do feel classy in them) I’m perfectly willing to forgo aesthetics most of the time.

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