Plywood can be a great substitute for solid wood stock, especially
if your project calls for large panels. It's less prone to warp, easier
to finish, and more economical.
However, plywood does have its challenges. The large panels can be
difficult to cut accurately, and the thin face veneers have a tendency
to chip out. Plus, you'll need to find a way to cover the exposed
In this Tools & Technique article from ShopNotes magazine,
we'll share what we've learned about working with plywood , from planning
the first cut to clamping and assembling the pieces. We'll show you
how to make a handy edge-cutting guide that takes the guess work out
of lining up the blade of your saw with your cut line. We'll also
show you how to apply solid wood edging in 8 easy steps.