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Tips for Plywood Projects
When a project plan calls for plywood, it may seem like choosing your material will be easy—until you see all of the different types available. This month we’ll share tips to help you pick the right plywood and two handy caddies that will help you transport big sheets easily.

Here are the basic plywood types you’ll find in home centers:

The least expensive plywood is sheathing. It’s designed for roofs, walls, and subfloors. Sheathing is strong, but not necessarily flat. And it’s not particularly stable, either, unless it’s nailed down. So, sheathing usually isn’t a great choice for building DIY projects.

Sanded Plywood
Sanded plywood is flatter and more stable than sheathing, so it’s great for things like counter substrates, and it can be used for projects like shelving and cabinets. As the name implies, the faces are sanded smooth, which means this type takes paint well and can look okay with a clear finish. Sanded plywood face veneers typically don’t look great stained. Sanded plywood is a good choice for projects in the garage or shop, such as storage systems, utility cabinets, or work stations.
Hardwood Plywood

That leaves hardwood plywood, which is sometimes called “cabinet-grade.” This type has thinner plies, which makes it the most stable, flat, and uniform in thickness. Those inner plies aren’t hardwood, like the name might imply, but the face veneers are made from quality woods.

Plywood Types
Oak and maple are common in home centers, as is birch. Plus, the face veneers have a more attractive grain pattern that looks good with a clear finish or stain. So, if you’re building cabinets, built-ins, or furniture, the extra investment in hardwood plywood will yield a much better result.
2 Ways to Carry Plywood
Plywood sheets are big and awkward, which makes them tough to carry, especially by yourself. Here are a couple of handy carriers that you can create to make carrying plywood easy. They’re both super simple to make.

The first is just a length of rope with a loop tied at each end. Slip the loops over the corners of the sheet, and then you can lift and carry the sheet using the rope.
Rolling Carrier
A rolling carrier is great for moving sheets around your driveway or garage. It’s just a piece of 2x2 with 1x4 scraps attached using pocket-hole screws. A pair of inexpensive lawnmower wheels is mounted to it on a threaded rod. You can even add strips of grip tape to keep the sheet from sliding around.

To use the carrier, just set your sheet in place so it’s roughly centered. Then hold the sheet on one end, and roll it wherever you need to go.
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