How to Cut Plywood

Although wood is the main star in furniture making, plywood is not far behind. This material is widely used for DIY projects, fixing furniture, etc. Sometimes, the design of the project requires detailed cut. In this case, the craftsmen have no other choices except for cutting the plywood themselves. The question is: how?

Use the Right Blade Properly

Is table saw the perfect tool to cut plywood cleanly? Well, it probably is, but the carpenter needs to change the blade. Using the ready installed blade won’t give a clean cut. If the final cut should be round or circular, then install the carbide tip blade. Make sure to put the smooth surface facing up through the whole process.

Provide Support

Don’t be surprised while buying a sheet of plywood. The standard size is four times eight inches, thus making it difficult to hold the whole surface on the table saw. There are two possible solutions for this case. First, ask for human help; it could be either family or colleagues. Second, build a simple support to hold the hanging sheet.

Adjust the Height Of The Blade

The initial function of the table saw is to cut woods. Since plywood is thinner than wood, then the blade should be adjusted. Take a look at the gulley; it is located between the teeth. Lower the blade position so it could cover the plywood thickness without leaving too much blade surface. If the carpenter forgets to do this, the fine wood will fly everywhere and he might get hurt from the blade.

Mark The Cutting Line

If the carpenter is not confident with cutting the complicated line, then try to draw the marking line. Keep it mind that it should be two inches at the minimum. Any thinner than that, the craftsmen might not be able to trace the line, as plywood also has wood grains pattern.

Cut In Steady Speed

Now for the last part. Turn on the engine, and make sure the saw blade is spinning before putting it on the plywood surface. Otherwise, it will make crappy edge. The speed should be steady; not too fast nor too late. If the craftsman feels certain resistance, it could be either the saw moves too fast or the blade is not sharp enough.

Being a genius is assembling already cut parts requires different skills to preparing the plywood cuts. Why do the craftsmen need this skill? The main reason is keeping themselves save. The secondary goal is getting a clean cut. Of course, these two aims are possible, as long as the craftsmen follow the procedure correctly.