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How to Make Plywood Furniture

Updated on September 22, 2014

The Best Free Plywood Furniture Plans

Have you had some experience with woodworking and wondered how to make furniture out of plywood? Its readily available, not too expensive and can look very nice. A great project to improve your home - we have quite a few really great things in our house made from plywood

Making furniture is an art, no doubt about it. My husband is out in the workshop for hours fiddling at this or that - or maybe just avoiding the turmoil in the house. Who can say.

He has, however made some very lovely furniture. Some fairly simple in design and some more complex. He largely fugures out the designs himself and draws them out, but if you don't have the inclination there are very good ones on-line.

Here are the best plywood furniture designs and instructions.

Hungarian Shelves

These shelves are really easy to make and only need plywood, some strips of wood and some screws. They look really nice as well and are quite strong. The plans are on instructibles by juliofo (so is the picture)

They are also very strong for such a simple design. If you read more on the article you will see a lot of good pictures which show fairly heavy things stored on them. Easy to installjust about anywhere.

Make Your Own Plywood Furniture Book

This book has very straightforward designs and instructions for plywood furniture. It says it is for women but I am sure anyone can understand it .. ;-)

Tool Kit for Women

If we are going to have a project book aimed at women, then we should have women's tools as well, right? So here we are. It contains all the hand tools you need to get started and part of the cost really does go towards breast cancer awareness. Neat

Trestle Table From Plywood

Trestle tables are extremely versatile. There are free plans on the canply web page for one made made primarily from plywood - it only takes plywood, a bit of lumber and dowels. This type of table is very flexible. The nice thing is that you can disassemble it if you are moving or if you want to use it as a camp table.

A Video on How to Make a Trestle Table - From One Piece of Wood

A Great Chair Made From Plywood and Dowels

Chairs look complicated but the right design makes it fairly easy for you to make your own from plywood. This is a simple chair made from half a sheet of plywood and some dowels. To put it together you just need a jigsaw and a drill. The plans are free and you just download them. Happens to also be a really nice looking chair.

Wave Shelf from Plywood

Take a look at this shelf. This has to be just about the coolest shelf I've seen for some time. You can make it usning only one sheet of plywood and some screws. This plan is a little more complicated that some others - after all if you don't get the waves right I don't think it would look very good. On the other hand you would have learned something and only wasted one sheet of plywood if it does not work out. So why not give it a try.

Media Centre Made Out of Plywood

This really attractive media centre can also be made from just 2 sheets of plywood, some dowels and screws. As with the wave shelf, this one is a little more complicated, but just read all directions carefully before you start and you should be just fine.

My Furniture Making Experience

Why do I love these insturctions and this furniture? Early on I became fascinated with the idea of furniture that you can take apart and put back together. I suppose it had to do with my early nomadic life during university. I know we are all familiar with that Swedish store - but some of their items take quite a bit of fiddling to get the furniture together.

I though that there has to be an easier wy and have struggled with the idea to no avail for quite some time. When I came across these various plans I had to share. It is just great that some of them become flat pieces of wood to transport. This has to be the answer to the plastic thorw away stuff we see everywhere.

Plywood is also economial. I always seem to be on a budget so that aspect is very important to me

. On the other hand, we can't live forever with board and brick bookshelves can we. University ends and we want something a little more upscale. I have made a number of shelves using plywood - they all look great and work well. lately we made the check out counter for our garden center using plywood - a variation of a box on its side, but really useful.

Gizmology Chair

The most rustic and simple of chairs can still be comfortable. This chair is made from four pieces of 24 inch square plywood. The beauty is that there are no screws or anything else. So this is another great option for camping. Just put them together when you get there.

Learn More about Using Plywood

There are some pretty good pages on the web that require a membership but also give you superior information on woodworking topics - FineWoodWorking is one of them. It is their on-line version of the magazine. The site at this link has a lot of really good information about plywood itself. User's Guide to Plywood

For general ideas about using plywood for furniture as well as some videos you can also look at this link

Greek Mountain by James Burke

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Great Ideas on These Sites

This site has wonderful designs for flatpack furniture, bookcase stairs and all sorts of things. Take a look at WebUrbanist.

This site has excellent step by step instructions on making a coffee table. Personally I am not a fan of slanted legs, but if you are then take a look at This Page

Plywood Sheet Furniture

This video gives you ideas of the type of thing you can make from a plywood sheet.Perhaps it will get those creative juices flowing and you will design something new!

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    • LilyBird profile image

      LilyBird 4 years ago

      Lots of great ideas and patterns. Thank you! I love the wavy bookcase. (FYI - the link doesn't work)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Really nice lens, pinned on my Thrifty Living board.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks this is really a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't made much in the way of furniture no my strong point I do say. I can always remember the porcelain doll chair attempt. Shame because I need some furniture have low money so, hmm could try again.

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      laughingapple 5 years ago

      I have made tables and a bed from plywood. I really like the look of the wave shelf. Very nice lens.