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Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: clay
Date: January 10, 2018 12:37PM
I've got a small project for which a single piece of 4'x8' plywood will provide about twice the material I'll need. The longest piece I need is just shy of 4', and I can cut everything I need from half of the sheet. The question is this...should I take my material out long ways or short ways? do I cut it in half and take what I need from a 2' x 8' half, or cut midway in the 8' length and take what I need from a 4' x 4' piece? I want to keep the remaining piece, but don't currently have anything in mind for what remains.

What would you do?
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: January 10, 2018 12:40PM
I'd cut it into two 4x4's (actually I'd have the store do it for me, but I'm That Guy) and have the full half sheet available for the inevitable Project To Be Named Later. Easier to store, less likely to bow when you're working on it.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: January 10, 2018 12:41PM
My local Menards always has half sheets precut ready to go. smiling smiley



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: clay
Date: January 10, 2018 12:42PM
local lumberyard is the only place that has the type of plywood I need (cabinet grade), so I'll have to take the full sheet.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Pops
Date: January 10, 2018 12:44PM
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clay
local lumberyard is the only place that has the type of plywood I need (cabinet grade), so I'll have to take the full sheet.
Pay them to cut it. It's worth the cost.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: clay
Date: January 10, 2018 12:46PM
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Pops
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clay
local lumberyard is the only place that has the type of plywood I need (cabinet grade), so I'll have to take the full sheet.
Pay them to cut it. It's worth the cost.

The issue is not whether I can cut it or not (I can, I have the tools), or whether I can haul it (I'm using a full length bed pickup). It's whether it makes sense to have a square leftover piece or long skinny piece. I will use the remainder eventually for another project.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: DP
Date: January 10, 2018 12:53PM
The issue is not whether I can cut it or not (I can, I have the tools), or whether I can haul it (I'm using a full length bed pickup). It's whether it makes sense to have a square leftover piece or long skinny piece. I will use the remainder eventually for another project.

It's a crap shoot. Whichever way you cut it, Murphy's Law will come into effect when the time comes for the new project.





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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 10, 2018 12:57PM
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clay
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Pops
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clay
local lumberyard is the only place that has the type of plywood I need (cabinet grade), so I'll have to take the full sheet.
Pay them to cut it. It's worth the cost.

The issue is not whether I can cut it or not (I can, I have the tools), or whether I can haul it (I'm using a full length bed pickup). It's whether it makes sense to have a square leftover piece or long skinny piece. I will use the remainder eventually for another project.

Unless you expect to need long, narrow pieces, or not need anything wider than 2' for future projects, you're likely better off having a 4' x 4' left over.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Carm
Date: January 10, 2018 12:59PM
4 x 4
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 10, 2018 01:06PM
I also vote 4x4. I think it would have more potential down the road.




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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: billb
Date: January 10, 2018 01:12PM
flip a coin
then you can blame the coin



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: rz
Date: January 10, 2018 01:21PM
What I would do is irrelevant. If you can't think of what you could possibly use it for, then I can't see that it makes much difference which way you choose.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: 3d
Date: January 10, 2018 01:44PM
I'd go with the 2 x 8 piece.
Use it as a makeshift worktable across 2 sawhorses in a pinch.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 10, 2018 01:48PM
Yes.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 10, 2018 01:54PM
Cut the piece you need out of the middle.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: January 10, 2018 02:11PM
I'd go 2x8. Contrary to Will, I find storing a thinner but longer piece far easier than a 4x4 half sheet. You didn't mention what you were making, other than needing cabinet grade plywood, but I like to keep the grain running in a 'natural' direction. And, not that this really comes in to play, but plywood always has an odd number of layers. There is slightly more strength in the long direction than the short (of a 4x8 sheet).



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: January 10, 2018 02:12PM
I would rip it into two 8' pieces, but that's just me.

I like the deal Menard's has, as mentioned above. Although, i'm such a cheapskate, that I'm certain it would cost more for a 4' x 4' sheet than cutting a 4' x 8' sheet in half. I almost always go for the cheaper solution.



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 10, 2018 02:42PM
4x4. More uses for that size.



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 10, 2018 03:11PM
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Lux Interior
Cut the piece you need out of the middle.

Winner!
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: lost in space
Date: January 10, 2018 04:36PM
4 x 4, then cut that in half. Then you'll have equal regrets no matter what size you need in the future.



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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 10, 2018 04:54PM
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lost in space
4 x 4, then cut that in half. Then you'll have equal regrets no matter what size you need in the future.

Nice. Or cut the 4x8 in half on the diagonal.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 10, 2018 07:03PM
Are there shelves in your future? Reckon what length they would probably be.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: iamrfixit
Date: January 10, 2018 09:44PM
Doesn't matter which way you cut it, you will need the other. Maybe that's just how it works for me......
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 10, 2018 10:43PM
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OWC Jamie
My local Menards always has half sheets precut ready to go. smiling smiley

Ditto a couple of our local big wood stores, excepting we're not in Menards country... but after ordering something from Menards online a few years ago, I can't get 'em outa my in box.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Michael
Date: January 10, 2018 10:46PM
I'm with the 4x4 crowd.
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Re: Woodworking question - how to cut a sheet of plywood if I only need half
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 11, 2018 11:29PM
Home Depot does the first cut for free.
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