Monthly Archives: July 2016

Cross Cutting Plywood, Etc.

Just completed a new page about various methods to safely crosscut sheet of plywood. These methods also work for particle board and MDF (medium density fiberboard) but the extra weight (2 to 2 1/2 times heavier) makes these sheets much more difficult to handle. Check out all the details plus materials list and drawings for making a table saw cross cutting jig at http://papas-woodshop.com/index.php/cross-cutting/ .


Ripping Plywood Sheets

I enjoy working with plywood sheets and use them to some extent for almost every cabinet or piece of furniture I build. As I’ve gotten old it has become more difficult to handle these large sheets, especially the 3/4 inch thick sheets that are really heavy. In my shop, before I retired from woodworking, I have a large table surrounding my table saw to make the cutting easier but carrying the sheets was still not fun. I come up with several methods to help make things easier and I’m sharing them HERE . Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.


Project Two – Laundry Room Countertop

When it became obvious that we needed a new washer and dryer for the laundry room Barbara decided she preferred front loaders. That meant that we could have a work surface on top of the machines which could come in handy. But Barbara didn’t want to use the top of the machines. She wanted a nice, large counter to work on. This posed no problem for me as I’d built hundreds of countertops over the years. The problem was that a stationary countertop could be problematic when it became necessary to service or repair the machines. The laundry room was much too small to allow for the machine to be moved out from under a counter to be worked on. I designed a large counter that could be easily removed and placed in the garage during servicing.

The photo below shows our laundry room countertop and the link below the photo goes to the complete details including more photos, drawings, instructions, materials list and exploded views to make a similar counter for your laundry room.

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Click HERE for complete details for this project.

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