Inspiration: Plywood Floors (How-to Included)

by DIY Maven

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A few years ago, I went to a party held in the home of a former Minneapolis Institute of Arts dean. We guests gathered in his studio for the night's merriment. I'm always thrilled when entering such spaces as they invariably provide a creative jolt. In this instance, however, I wasn't only inspired by the art displayed throughout the space but also the flooring of the dean's studio. It was

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DIY Idea: Plywood Countertops

by Capree K

created at: 04/11/2011

Like many people living in the 'burbs, our kitchen counters boast that favorite of builder-grade materials: laminate.  We desperately want to replace them with something more in line with our style (and budget) and have tossed around the idea of DIY concrete counters or going the IKEA butcher block route.  But then I saw this: countertops made from plywood.  

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How To: Make a Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert

by Chris Gardner

created on: 01/10/09

A custom, zero clearance insert plate for your table or band saw minimizes tearout and prevents those tiny bits from dropping into the blade throat. From Rockler.com, "A zero clearance insert is a substitute for the throat plate that came with your table saw. The opening in the insert is cut on the table saw to the exact width of the saw blade’s kerf, thereby preventing thin slices of wood from jamming in between the blade and the throat plate...

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The Quickest and Cheapest Countertop Upgrade.

by Chris Gardner

Plywood. It's good for nearly everything, including the kitchen counter. This how-to article from This Old House describes this easy, and significantly inexpensive option (could be less than $1 a square foot). The best part is, you don't even have to remove the old countertop to install it. Sure, it may not by high end exotic hardwood slabs, but it beats the pants off 80s pink or 90s hunter green laminate.

 

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Make Two Tables from One Sheet of Plywood.

by Chris Gardner

I try to keep up with Instructables, but with so much user submitted content, it doesn't always keep your attention. If I see one more "How to Hack a Coke Machine" or "How to Make a Notepasser Out of a Ballpoint Pen"....

And sometimes, there's some terrifically clever people posting some great stuff. This morning, user BarnabyGunning (I hope that's his real name) offered an awesome tutorial on making two tables from one sheet of 4'x8' plywood...

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Modern, Flat-Packed Christmas Tree.

by Chris Gardner
Treehugger points us to this modern, plywood tree: "For the modernist not tied to tradition, they've designed a reusable, flat-pack tree to decorate your home in the spirit of a greener holiday for years to come."

The plywood "tree," which really consists of four identical CNC-routed planes that fold together when not in use (and for ultra-efficient shipping), may not be quite as festive (and green, in color at least) as a more traditional tree...

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