You’ll be surprised at what you can make with plywood! These 25 plywood projects use scrap plywood or full sheets in creative, unique ways!
Plywood is so versatile! You can cut it into squares, circles or any shape you can imagine! Even the scraps can be used to make amazing plywood projects. All you need is a little creativity!
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How to Cut Plywood
It can be challenging to wrangle those huge sheets into manageable pieces. Here’s how I cut it down to size for all my plywood projects!
Get it Cut at the Store
I usually have sheet goods cut down to size for me at the store, so I can fit it all into my car. (By the way, I bought my Volkswagen Tiguan specifically because the front seat folds flat for hauling lumber!)
Plan out your cuts in advance, and bring a cut diagram to the store with you. I always allow for an extra inch or so, since the panel saw at your local hardware store doesn’t always make the cleanest cuts. Once it’s home, I can trim it down to the required size.
Once you get the plywood home, you can use pretty much any saw to cut it into the desired shape. A table saw isn’t required, but it certainly helps!
If you have narrow strips to cut, you can use a miter saw to make shorter pieces. Mine can cut up to 14″ wide, which is great for quickly making shelves. Learn how to use a miter saw here!
How to Hide Raw Plywood Edges
One drawback to plywood projects is that pesky raw edge! No one wants to see all those ugly layers of wood peeking out!
If you’re painting your project, you can get away with using wood filler to cover up those rough edges. Just spread the wood filler over the entire edge, then sand it smooth when dry.
You can also add a thin strip of wood to the outside edge, then fill the gap with wood filler to make it appear solid. I used this technique on the industrial computer desk top, so the edges will hold up to abuse better.
Edge banding can give you a more professional look with just a household iron! It has a heat activated glue on the back, so you can hide away that unsightly edge in just a few minutes without the mess of wood filler. You can learn how to apply edge banding here.
Now that you know how to work with plywood, check out these amazing plywood projects! They range from super easy beginner projects to more complicated builds, so there’s something for everyone in this list!
Karate belts are difficult to earn, and should be displayed proudly! This easy to make karate belt display uses thin strips of plywood to create slats for each belt in the progression.
Those awkward, small scraps of plywood are perfect for shelving between the studs of a garage or basement!
This narrow space next to the fridge was a magnet for clutter. But this custom built pantry cabinet puts the awkward spot to good use!
Cut a few scraps of 1/4" plywood into small squares, then use a wood burning tool and watercolors to create fun designs! These wooden coasters are a great gift idea too!
Cull down your scrap wood pile by building this rolling lumber cart with all those random pieces! It features two bins for narrow pieces, and a longer section for laying plywood horizontally.
This Christmas tree yard decoration brightens up the garden both day and night throughout the holiday season!
Blast off with this rocket bookshelf, made with a single sheet of plywood! The small shelves are perfect for displaying toys and books in the playroom.
Keep your circular saw blade straight and the cord contained with this simple circular saw storage rack made from scrap plywood!
Get your sandpaper organized! Never grab the wrong grit again when they're all in their own slot of this sander and sandpaper storage box!
This paper roll dispenser lives at the end of my workbench, so I can just pull a sheet onto the work surface when I'm painting or staining a project!
Hide umbrellas and packages by the front door with this outdoor storage bench!
Get a perfectly straight cut every time with this circular saw jig!
Turn an extra piece of plywood into an adorable leash holder for your pup!
Plywood is perfect for signs of all shapes and sizes, like this Market sign for the kitchen!
I love the raw look of these plywood plant stands! Make them in custom sizes to fit any pot!
Keep track of the time in style with this wall clock made from various colors of plywood scraps!
Turn souvenirs from your travels into your own story art with some help from plywood scraps!
This adorable ornament stand will brighten up the darkest winter days when the hidden LED lights glow from within!
I just love this trio of purple and gold clocks, all made from scrap plywood boards!
As the sun moves throughout the year, your plants may need more or less light. But those pots are heavy! Make the job easier with this simple plywood plant stand!
These cute little tags could be used to label so many things around the house! What a great plywood project idea for all those tiny scraps you don't want to throw away!
If you have LOTS of plywood scraps, you can combine them all together to create this dining table!
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