Using Birch Ply For Leg Core

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Forum topic by 47phord posted 11-18-2017 10:00 PM 604 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2017 10:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak plywood core

I’m about to start work on a dining room table and the plans call for laminating (3) 3/4” boards together to make a core for the legs, which are then faced with good quality stock. I don’t have a lot of scrap oak lying around in the dimensions needed to make the cores, but I do have a ton of scrap birch ply. So, my question is: is there any reason I can’t (or shouldn’t) use the plywood to make the cores?

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 11:57 PM

Go for it. The plywood will probably be more stable than will solid wood. Probably a bit lighter weight than would an oak core.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-19-2017 01:25 AM

I agree plywood would be very stable, but could there be an issue given the plywood expansion and shrinkage (generally low) would be different from the material for the facing?

I don’t know that it would be, I just wonder if it could be.

-- Clin

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#3 posted 11-19-2017 11:48 PM

Thanks. I didn’t thiink it would be a big problem, but I thought I should double check, just to be sure.

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#4 posted 11-20-2017 12:51 AM

Also, the plywood might not be exactly 3/4” thick so you’ll maybe need to glue an extra layer of ply, and once the glue-up is done, rip down the thickness.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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