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01-23-2019 09:52 PM

Has anyone come up with a good way to break down large sheets so you can store for future projects. I have a small shop and the large sheets just take up much room until I need them. If I purchased for a specific project that would be easy, but since it will be for future use and I have no idea what the best sizes would be, are there any good rules for sizes where you are minimizing waste. For instance; I was thinking of ripping the 4×8 at 30 inches, leaving 18 minus kerf. This way I still have full lengths, a wide piece and one at 18, and I then could store on my wall racks or perhaps it would be better to rip in half having two approx 2×8.

-- John, Kershaw SC


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#1 posted 01-23-2019 09:57 PM

Home centers usually precut plywood sheets to 4’x4’, 2’x4’, 2’x2’ sizes for people who don’t need a full sheet. You could stock yours in those three sizes, but what if you need a piece that is 52”x27”? You will have to buy a full sheet, or have it precut to that size at the store.
The only plywood you will find precut will be common DF ply. You won’t find hardwood veneer ply precut unless it is at a place like “Woodcraft” or Rockler.

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#2 posted 01-23-2019 10:06 PM

I cut them in half and screwed a couple U shaped 2×4 things to the bottom stud in my garage. So they’re on the floor and I put them on there. Can fit about 20” of material thickness

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#3 posted 01-23-2019 10:14 PM

It depends on what you want to make with them. The standard width of base kitchen cabinets is 23 1/4” without the face frame. Wall cabinets are are 11 1/4” with out the face frame. If you ripped all of your sheets in half you wouldn’t be wasting any of it for kitchen cabinets. If you are going use it for something else you will have to figure the sizes before you rip or you may incur a lot of waste.

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#4 posted 01-23-2019 11:29 PM

Thanks everyone, you have been very helpful. I am new here and can already see the value of sharing ideas. Great thoughts on this I greatly appreciate it.

-- John, Kershaw SC

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#5 posted 01-24-2019 01:06 AM

I built a 8’x12’ shed just for this reason :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 01-24-2019 01:30 AM

Most the time I let the supplier store them and go pick them up when needed. Cut them up and use them pronto.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 01-24-2019 01:33 AM

John,

You haven’t said why you’re buying ahead of projects, so if its access to a truck of other factor then this may not help, But I would recommend that you really review why you would buy ahead of time if you don’t have a good idea of the project to be done.

I think that if you figured the potential extra waste from pre-cutting versus the effort to buy as needed, buying ahead may not end up being a better deal even if buying on sale.

If you have a general idea (cabinets, etc), then cut to maximize the yield for your typical project and go from there.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#8 posted 01-24-2019 01:41 AM

Lol, I think my issue is I need to pay delivery since I have no way to pick up. So if I am paying $69 for delivery I have a few sheets delivered.

-- John, Kershaw SC

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#9 posted 01-24-2019 02:08 AM

So I used to pick up a lot of plywood in my sedan on the way home as the local cabinet supply place was on the way home and I didn’t want to make the trip back with a truck. The place would make the first cut for free and then additional cuts for $1, so I often got them to break it down to a size I could get in the trunk with the back seats folded down.

So you might ask them about whether they can do that. With a few cuts you might be able to get what you need in the back of your car.

I have occasionally just thrown the cordless circular saw in the car as well to fit some lumber in. I got some weird looks, but nobody seemed to really care as I loaded up.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#10 posted 01-24-2019 02:16 AM

Hey, Mike good thought. My approach to this will be different next time around.

-- John, Kershaw SC

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#11 posted 01-24-2019 02:32 AM

FYI, make sure you carry a tarp in the trunk and spread it before loading up. Nothing like getting home all happy the first time only to realize you have 20 minutes of vacuuming to get all the sawdust off the seats and floor.

Of course I’d also like to be able to say I only made that mistake one time.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#12 posted 01-24-2019 02:35 AM

Yeah, don’t forget the clean up

-- John, Kershaw SC

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#13 posted 01-24-2019 01:46 PM

I have a dedicated separate shop but I use one wall in my garage for any over size sheet goods.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#14 posted 01-24-2019 03:05 PM


Home centers usually precut plywood sheets to 4×4 , 2×4 , 2×2 sizes for people who don t need a full sheet. You could stock yours in those three sizes, but what if you need a piece that is 52”x27”? You will have to buy a full sheet, or have it precut to that size at the store.
The only plywood you will find precut will be common DF ply. You won t find hardwood veneer ply precut unless it is at a place like “Woodcraft” or Rockler.

- MrRon


BTW and no endorsement; Lowes has had some Maple and Birch ply in smaller cut sheets

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#15 posted 01-24-2019 08:58 PM



The only plywood you will find precut will be common DF ply. You won t find hardwood veneer ply precut unless it is at a place like “Woodcraft” or Rockler.

- MrRon

BTW and no endorsement; Lowes has had some Maple and Birch ply in smaller cut sheets

- Jack Lewis


True, but it’s the usual cheap Chinese junk, not Baltic birch.

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