PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods)


Strength, Flexibility, Uniformity & Beauty

Plywood—that versatile blend of nature and engineering—is easy to work with, inexpensive, and good-looking. Get to know its great qualities as you explore 73 projects contributed by design professionals and enthusiasts who love building with plywood.

Among the PlyDesigns, you'll find sleek furniture for every room (including several knock-down pieces for those ...

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Strength, Flexibility, Uniformity & Beauty

Plywood—that versatile blend of nature and engineering—is easy to work with, inexpensive, and good-looking. Get to know its great qualities as you explore 73 projects contributed by design professionals and enthusiasts who love building with plywood.

Among the PlyDesigns, you'll find sleek furniture for every room (including several knock-down pieces for those really tight spaces), simple toys and games, and even whitewashed paneling, a great alternative to drywall.

There's something for every taste, need, and skill level!

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Editorial Reviews

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Somebody has said making DIY projects is its own reward, but what makes this do-it-yourself book doubly wonderful is that its varied projects can create furniture and other structures that can last lifetime. Among the 73 DIY creations in Philip Schmidt's new paperback are tables, workstations, benches, stools, organizing, shelves, art panels, headboards, dollhouses, and doghouses. More than 50 North American builders contributed designs for these little masterpieces.

Michelle Marozik

Modern in Denver magazine
“PlyDesign is how-to heaven …a great place to start for independent creators desiring to dive into ply world."
"The designs are modern and stylish and the tutorials with great patterns make them completely do-able.”
Better Living Through Design
“There’s a lot to love. Besides the sheer variety (wine holders, credenzas, desks, chairs, organizers, headboards, doghouses, art panels) of projects, I especially love the introduction to the materials and tools.”
Wisconsin State Journal
"PlyDesign offers all sorts of ideas for way-cool things to make from common sheet goods."
Make magazine
“Schmidt has written 73 well-described projects with a mid-century modern vibe. … From lap desks to tea tables, and headboards to doghouses, there are enough projects here to fill your home with useful and attractive furniture.”
Library Journal
Can plywood ever be stylish? Schmidt, carpenter and established DIY author, presents a great introduction to the medium. With background information and tips for best ways to work with plywood, what follows is a collection of projects from a variety of designers, representing a wide range of styles. Projects include furniture, storage solutions, decorative items, and toys. Some projects are clunky, others are sleek and sophisticated. The book's layout and organization are good. VERDICT Similar in coverage to Spike Carlsen's Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects. While this is a mixed bag in terms of quality, its selection of projects makes it a solid addition to most public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427258
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 637,541
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Schmidt is a former carpenter and the author of 17 books, including Decorating with Architectural Details and Build Your Kids a Treehouse. He lives in Colorado with his family and loads of leftover building materials.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Shop Talk
A Panel Discussion: All about Plywood
Other Sheet Goods You'll Find in This Book
Where to Buy Sheet Goods
Hauling & Storing Sheet Stock
Essential Techniques
Finishing Plywood and MDF

Chapter 2: Surfaces I
Florence Table
RTA Desk
8 x 4 = 2 Tables
Bubbles (Desk & Drinks Trolley)
One-Sheet Table & Benches
Lap Desk
Birch Ply Dining Table
Peninsula Workstation

Chapter 3: Surfaces II
Type A Coffee Table
Striated Ply Table
Alliance Table
Plane Table
Mind the Gap Table
Tank Table
Swing Table
Cantilever Table
Eclipse Coffee Table
Bowlegged Plant Stand
Tea Table
Reluctance Sofa Table

Chapter 4: Seating
Flat Pack Stool
TAB-1 Chair
Bug Stool
Symbiosis Chair
Chalk Back
Three's Company
Children's Chair
Rubber Hose Chair
Telephone Book Chair
Ribbed Bench

Chapter 5: Places for Everything
Revue Magazine Table
Stacked Box
Dyed MDF Storage Cabinet
Pinstriped Console
Angle Shelf
Paint Chip Modular Bookshelf
Laptop Stand
Drunken Monkey
Super Shelves
Hardwareless Shelf
Mudroom Organizer
Sliding Mirror Shelves
Cantilevered Shelves
Built-In Hutch

Chapter 6: Art & Deco
Light Within
Resin Art Panels
Whitewashed Ply Paneling
Book of Plies
Desk Coverlet
Light Headboard
Groovy Headboard
File Cabinet Cap
Twinkle Board

Chapter 7: Playthings
Indoor Doghouse
Jumbo Eames Cards
Doggie Dwelling
Tot Cart & Cradle
Donut Table
Old-School Skateboard

Chapter 8: Advanced Projects
Avocado modBOX 2010
store + explore
Bamboo Ply Wall Unit
Cornhole to Go

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