Can You Plane Plywood?

Can You Plane Plywood?

I’ve always wondered but never dared try…. until now!

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  1. Kortt Wulfe on January 14, 2023 at 3:07 am

    why o why lol

  2. Randy Randolph on January 14, 2023 at 3:08 am

    You are crazy lol 😆 gotta love you 👍👍👍👍👍

  3. Brad Maas on January 14, 2023 at 3:08 am

    It’s plane to see you got rid of that pesky oak veneer.

  4. Mo_Val_Monster on January 14, 2023 at 3:09 am


  5. Pepe Lübbert on January 14, 2023 at 3:09 am

    i searched this a few days ago. there was no video of this thank you

  6. Mitzi Seyfferdt on January 14, 2023 at 3:11 am

    The point was to make me smile, I needed to be cheered up

  7. VO Nieto on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    The point of the video was to answer a question that comes up at some point one learns woodworking. Thanks for the video!

  8. Christopher Kelly on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Well it is good to know that if you have a minor defect that you can plane it down smoothly as long as you don’t blow through the veneer.

  9. Jim Gott on January 14, 2023 at 3:18 am

    Why would you plane plywood when the veneer is so thin to begin with? What’s the point? Makes absolutely no sense to me.

  10. Terri Stroh on January 14, 2023 at 3:22 am

    And this is where my Patreon money goes? Just kidding. It guess it isn’t “can you plane plywood?”so much as “what happens when you plane plywood?” And I, for one, have always secretly wondered .

  11. TheDistur on January 14, 2023 at 3:24 am

    The oak is just to protect it during shipping.

  12. Tioga Fretworks on January 14, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Dumb dumber and dumbest. A dangerous and pointless waste of time and great way to damage planer blades and irons. You’re lucky nothing shattered on you…which plywood through a thickness planer often does. People get hurt doing stoopid things with power tools, and these were stoopid things.

  13. MC's Creations on January 14, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Pretty interesting experiment, dude! 😃
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  14. Krisley on January 14, 2023 at 3:27 am


  15. manuel luz on January 14, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Useful for subfloor install with uneven floors

  16. Fearsome Warrior on January 14, 2023 at 3:29 am

    You madman! You’re messing with the laws of nature! Have mercy!

  17. Alex N on January 14, 2023 at 3:29 am

    I need to clean up my workbench top. this definitely answered my question

  18. g on January 14, 2023 at 3:29 am

    THANK YOU for this! I LOVE experiments, and you are not alone. I too have have run plywood through power planers just for curiosity’s sake; but only through my boss’s planers after he pissed me off. Another FUN experiment is power-planing a finished guitar… body. DO NOT power plane an entire guitar, especially with the metal hardware still in place! Sure that’s FUN, but the results are less than pretty. I get the best results with Telecaster style bodies. Once you remove the hardware, they’re just a slab of glu-lam anyway.

    It’s surprising though! Some expensive guitar bodies are made of Shite wood. ( Not sure of the actual genus/species name. Ask an Irish Xylophile.) Some very inexpensive bodies (Squire) are made of very nice Ash, Paulownia, and Luan; the Asian rim-job version of mahogany! Luan is the same SHITE wood we find marketed as "mahogany" at Menard’s here in the United States of Corruption.

    Of course, the Nitrocellulose Lacquer and abrasive primer they robotically slather on cheap guitars dulls costly planer blades instantly. One can easily gum-up a $30K planer in a few seconds! …Joy! But when your boss pisses you off TWICE in one day, …’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. ;- )

  19. Jeff Forbes on January 14, 2023 at 3:31 am

    Very informative.

  20. David Skolly on January 14, 2023 at 3:33 am

    The tool wall looks great., never ever once considered running plywood thru a planer though…….

  21. Thomas Marlière on January 14, 2023 at 3:34 am

    Most of the time, everybody wonders but no one dares asking. Always ask the dumb question ! Thanks for giving it a shot 🙂

  22. Chase Perdue on January 14, 2023 at 3:34 am

    I’m sure you’re aware, but Paul Sellers, hand tool woodworker extraordinare, made a video series making a traditional workbench out of laminated plywood using mostly hand tools. Great series, I recommend it.

  23. Sapele Steve on January 14, 2023 at 3:36 am

    I somehow think that I missed the point of this video?

  24. Алексей Кудрявцев on January 14, 2023 at 3:36 am


  25. Jeremy Ortiz on January 14, 2023 at 3:37 am

    Great video. Answering uncommon questions is a great resource for those without experience. I could see this being used to fix minor issues or even as the basis for an inexpensive project; maybe replaceable inserts for hobby tables and the like.

  26. Scott B. on January 14, 2023 at 3:38 am

    Oh, I think you know the point of the video is to see if anyone watches it.

  27. Dr. Skip Kazarian on January 14, 2023 at 3:42 am

    This reminds me of those who incorporate plywood (plies of very thin sheets of wood) into segmented bowls to turn on their lathe. Makes about as much sense as drinking bleach to cure COVID…….eh!

  28. Edson Andrade on January 14, 2023 at 3:44 am

    Point to you for trying something that I’ve had asked myself but never answered myself, lol. Thank you for sharing and it’s not far from what I’ve thought results would be. In reality I believe if you use a very fine, multi blade planner I’m pretty sure you can get fine results!

  29. SC2H5 Creations on January 14, 2023 at 3:44 am

    I’ve planed the edge of plywood before with a hand plane…that’s doable lol

  30. Dave Webster on January 14, 2023 at 3:45 am

    If a useless machine became sentient and setup a youtube channel, I wonder what would it be like……………………..

  31. Andrew Hochberger on January 14, 2023 at 3:45 am

    Why are we here?
    What is the meaning of life?
    Can you plane plywood?
    These are the top 3 questions man has yearned for the answers of since the dawn of plywood. Love your videos 😀

  32. M M on January 14, 2023 at 3:46 am

    Can you plane plywood? Yes. Would you want to? Sometimes: I recently made a huge block by laminating strips of birch plywood together face to face, and before gluing a piece of oak to the front, I had to square it up a little. Planing the top layer is perfectly possible, even cross-grain – if you have a half decent hand plane with a sharp iron.

    I’m not bragging, I only have restored vintage Stanleys, nothing fancy.

  33. Brandon Moore on January 14, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Actually this was useful. I want to use my thickness planer as a jointer on some pieces of wood by shimming them up on top of a piece of plywood. I’ve seen videos on it, but it occures to me that the while the plywood shouldn’t need to be perfectly level itself (because the planer will press it down), it should probably have an even thickness throughout for best results. I was concerned about whether tearout would be a significant problem. A normal person would just try it and see what happens, but with my tendencay to over-research eveything before I try your video had saved me a bit of time, lol. Thanks!

  34. Ionicent on January 14, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Does the glue dull your tools more than wood?

  35. LostWhits on January 14, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Some questions don’t need answering, some answers never had a question.

  36. William Wilson on January 14, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Ummm it flies

  37. nathancd on January 14, 2023 at 3:50 am

    Great, now what am I supposed to do tomorrow now that you solved this mystery for me?

  38. Marius Hegli on January 14, 2023 at 3:50 am

    I have nothing to say really, but I appreciate your content, and wish to help with the yt-algorithms.

  39. deef dragon on January 14, 2023 at 3:51 am

    I will not lie, this is 100% a question that I had for literally no reason, and you provided exactly what I wanted. A video that says "can you? yes. but why tho?"

  40. CanadianParamedic on January 14, 2023 at 3:51 am

    Lock down getting to ya bud?

  41. rawr 2u on January 14, 2023 at 3:52 am

    This was helpful to me, thank you. I edge jointed two plywood scraps to make a bigger board but they shifted during glue up and it ended up with high spots. I was thinking of hand planing down the plywood surface to flatten it. In the end I found I had 3 high spots but 1 low spot, so I just filled the low spot with a layer of filler instead. Gonna paint over it after.

  42. Tinman Enterprises on January 14, 2023 at 3:54 am

    This is not the video we asked for, but its the video we deserve.

  43. Tom R on January 14, 2023 at 3:56 am

    Why would anyone plane veneer plywood. Not so much a question as WTF
    Next Video – What happens when you plane a sandal

  44. Alan McWilliams on January 14, 2023 at 3:56 am

    Wow you gave me the best laugh of the week only because I used a hand plane Monday to try and smooth out some rough plywood Got the same results and I’m still laughing

  45. Peter M on January 14, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Great video! Was always wondering myself about thickness planing some plywood. If the second layer always looked like yours, I’d definitely do it as a cheap substitute for ambrosia. Next video: cleaning off sanding dust on pads with the sole of a sneaker. (It actually works!)

  46. Mark Alvarado on January 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Try using OSB next time :p

  47. Jeff Carr on January 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Next week comes in 2 parts can you CNC a jelly, then, part 2 ice cream dowels !!! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  48. Elias Makes on January 14, 2023 at 4:01 am

    how about planning laminate 😂😂😂

  49. Doug Jackson on January 14, 2023 at 4:02 am

    What happens when you try to plane a piece of oak veneered plywood?

    You make thinner, non oak plywood – for the price of oak veneered plywood.

    You’re right, this question was never asked, but now it will never have to be.

    Ever. 🙂