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PlyDesign [Paperback]

Philip Schmidt
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Book Description

25 Mar 2013
73 attractive, contemporary projects made from plywood and other readily available affordable sheet goods. Anyone with basic building or crafting experience can build these pieces. Projects include tables, chairs, headboards, desks, bookcases, shelving, storage units, children's furniture, and decorative items that can be made using the wide variety of veneers available, including walnut, maple, cedar, alder, ash, and even bamboo.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing (25 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427258
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 22.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay 13 Jan 2014
By Jimbo
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I bought his to get some ideas for making things for the house. It has some nice designs covering a wide-ish variety of projects.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright 25 Mar 2013
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Sizes are in inches and a lot of the designs are uninteresting and plain. There are some crackers in it but I would say that 50% you wouldn't make as they are pretty dated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this collection of projects! 24 May 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on
This is a collection of projects by different designers the use plywood sheets and other sheet goods for construction. For the DIY enthusiast who enjoys wood working, there are a lot of good reasons to get this book. The projects are good mix of perfect beginner's projects and more advanced projects. For the woodworker who is comfortable and experienced, there are a lot of projects that can be put together reasonably quickly.

If you're considering getting into woodworking and have access to power tools and someone who is willing to show you how to use them, this book has wonderful, contemporary designs for very functional furniture items made out of very affordable plywood. A lot of the designs only take one sheet of plywood. The instructions are clearly written with easy to understand plans for cutting.

It starts with an introduction to plywood, the different types, and where the best places to buy it are. It also includes tips on hauling and storing the sheets which are generally 4x8 feet and tips for making clean cuts.

Then you get into the projects. My favorite kinds of projects are good knock down items. Things that can be dissembled easily and reassembled. There is a set of slot and tab end tables that use careful, clever cutting to make 2 out of one sheet of plywood to make a table that's over 3 feet across and stands about 30 inches high. The size, cost and ease of knockdown and putting them up make them perfect tables for all sorts of things.

Stacked candleholders are an example of a project that can be made using hand tools. They are attractive and can be made in different sizes using scraps of plywood. It's a great project for children who are just learning to saw and use a brace.

For a bigger challenge, the Bamboo Ply Wall Unit uses the most sheets and pricier bamboo plywood, but the end result is a gorgeous item of furniture that's very functional.

This collection of projects has a lot of very handy designs, especially for parents who prefer the look of wood to the plastic that so much children's furniture is made in. There are tables, chairs, shelves and a very stylish lamp for more adult decorating projects.

[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content & graphics 24 April 2012
By Zacc - Published on
A very good combination of science and art. The photography attracts you to the projects, then the content makes it possible for you to complete them. The author has done an excellent job of developing interesting and useful projects, and provided the instruction/direction that will make it possible to create a fine finished product. Even I, with limited skill & knowledge, will produce work to be proud of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I became a plywood expert! 15 Aug 2013
By William Rivera - Published on
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Plywood is one of the many stocks that a woodworker must handle. The book provides expert advice about the many types of plywoods and their best uses. From the manufacturing of plywood to the proper care, everything that you need to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Things To Build That Only Require Moderate Woodworking Skills 26 Feb 2013
By Tom Mason - Published on
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Book was in great physical shape. The book contained the information exactly as was reported in the ratings. Has many useful and realistic plans for a multitude of helpful things. I have been enjoying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Donald TS Gaddes - Published on
Some great ideas here. Well designed book with a lot of helpful tips on building simple, usable furniture.
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