Woodworking with Plywood – What You Need to Know!

Woodworking with Plywood – What You Need to Know!

Working with plywood has many advantages, like saving time and money, but plywood also has some unique aspects that need special attention, like joinery, now to cut plywood to avoid wood splinters, what kinds of saw blades are best in a circular saw, table saw or even a track saw and things like knowing what types of plywood are available such as sliced or rotary plywood and how to identify them, but even the species selections of hardwood and softwood out veneers is important to know and how and when to use them, there is much to know about plywood, it’s uses and how to get the best number of cuts from your sheet. We’ll also talk about plywood thickness and plywood sizes.

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0:00 – Intro
00:24 – Types of plywoods
00:55 – Rotary plywood and sliced plywoods
02:03 – Plywood core differences
02:32 – Plywood Uses
03:23 – Breaking down plywood sheets using computer or phone apps
04:31 – Using a circular saw jig to break down plywood
05:51 – Quick circular saw safety
06:19 – Selecting best circular saw blades for cutting plywood
06:49 – Selecting best saw blade on table saw for cutting plywood
07:46 – Edge treatments for plywood
08:15 – Edge jointing plywood for best results
08:55 – Plywood joinery, gluing
10:15 – Mechanical fasteners with plywood
10:43 – Attaching plywood together with screw, pocket holes nails and more
12:24 – Air Nailer detail on brads or pins
12:56 – Correct way of using nail guns with plywood
14:33 – Conclusion and Plywood Circular Saw Jig Link


  1. SLIM'S BOXING COMMENTARIES on January 14, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Hey Colin my friend.. I loved this video bcos u let us have a sneak peek into how to use the Air nailer. Is that a Tacvice?? gun u have and is that a good model to use if I want to get one. I’ve said this a million times bow but I’m really close to moving into my small workshop, it’s a 16X10 garage that caused me no end of issues moving into it.
    I have been buying up PLYWOOD, MDF & OSB3 BOARD and got great deals on them atm so I will be buying more as well soon. I want to begin to start building furniture like units for kitchens and ur piece on the correct blades to use was also very informative for me as a woodworking newbie.
    All of ur videos have great information Colin my friend and I wanna say thanks for them bcos I’d be lost without great guys like u on YT..

  2. Patrick McCallum on January 14, 2023 at 2:34 am

    The best explanation I have found for the use of plywood, thank you so much Colin for sharing your expertise, I learned so many valuable pieces of information!

  3. Mark Murdocca on January 14, 2023 at 2:36 am

    WOW! Love this video, really great info. I don’t fall in love with plywood, but the many tips and advice you’ve provided have inspired me to make better (and more) use of plywood.

  4. Mughalkhel Khan on January 14, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Very useful information. Thanks for letting us have this.

  5. Vermont Jeff on January 14, 2023 at 2:40 am

    That was so much awesome information I really learned a lot. Thank you so much.

  6. Valley carpentry on January 14, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Mechanical fasting

  7. Joe C on January 14, 2023 at 2:41 am

    Thank you sir, I bought a 60 tooth diablo, thin kerf, and I’m getting decent results. I will try a 90 tooth, home depot had one in stock.

  8. Comgrow Official on January 14, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Awesome video! Thanks so muchπŸ₯°

  9. vashon100 on January 14, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Actually a good vid

  10. BobMuir100 on January 14, 2023 at 2:45 am

    That was worth the watch even if it was only for the air nailing!.! Loved it 😊

  11. Anthony Audain on January 14, 2023 at 2:46 am

    Great idea thanks for sharing this πŸ‘ πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  12. Mitchell Quinn on January 14, 2023 at 2:46 am

    I put 100 tooth blades on my mitre saw and table saw – so, so, so worth it! Like they’re completely different tools.

  13. JCH CREACIONES on January 14, 2023 at 2:46 am

    Great video Colin, thanks for sharing!!!. πŸ˜„πŸ‘

  14. Mustafa Naser on January 14, 2023 at 2:49 am

    really very very important information, I always asked myself how could one differ between plywood.

  15. Nancy Ward on January 14, 2023 at 2:50 am

    I always enjoy your videos and always learn something from you. Thank you for explaining the "why" aspect of turning the nailer. I’ve often heard that tip of turning it to avoid nails shooting out the side, and always wondered why that works! Thanks for all you do!

  16. Brian Barker on January 14, 2023 at 2:52 am

    I used Titebond’s Quick and Thick glue with good results. I did a test by gluing a small piece of board to the plywood edge grain. Couldn’t break it apart by hand.

  17. aaron Blackford on January 14, 2023 at 2:52 am

    I know Colin is connected to many other wood workers as well as their followings. Does titebond ever sponsor any videos here or around or is it just the best for most applications. Funny. As I was typing this, Colin mentioned gorilla glue for plywoood.

  18. JUNG Somewhat on January 14, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Turn Pinner sidewaysπŸ™‚good call πŸ™

  19. Larry Jacobs on January 14, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Thank you good tips

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  21. ken kroner on January 14, 2023 at 2:56 am

    The air nailer explanation was the best i ever saw. THANK YOU!

  22. Harvey Griffin on January 14, 2023 at 2:57 am

    All ways lot’s of good use full tip’s

  23. Anthony Audain on January 14, 2023 at 2:59 am

    You are awesome πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

  24. Laura Marshall on January 14, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Very informative video. Thanks.

  25. michelle Gatz on January 14, 2023 at 3:04 am


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  27. Sanford Krones on January 14, 2023 at 3:07 am

    I really enjoy all your videos and learning a lot. Thank you very much

  28. Clem McGuinness on January 14, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Always great advice Colin, thanks

  29. Robert Kerby on January 14, 2023 at 3:14 am

    Great presentation!
    Well done!

  30. Bob Boshers on January 14, 2023 at 3:14 am

    Thanks started wood working 2 years ago been watching your teaching methods are the best πŸ‘Œ

  31. buzz patch on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    watching your vids- i ALWAYS learn stuff- thx

  32. Milan TheMilan on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Yeah…I envy you,In my country you can buy only crappy ply that is not good for anything actually…

  33. Kebo on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Thanks, Colin. As usual, great info. I knew about the brad nails bending and have seen explanations of why but not as good as yours. Now it will be easy to remember why I need to orient the my tool properly.

  34. Phil Westover on January 14, 2023 at 3:16 am

    When I do simple drawings for my projects, I of course will show dimensions. In my later years, I’ve been showing dimensions differently on my drawings: Because 3/4" and 1/2" plywoods are not, in fact, those actual thicknesses, if I have an overall dimension that includes a specific cut dimension plus a couple of the thicknesses (whatever those may be), I will sometimes specify the cut dimension to be "dependent on thickness of material." Or at least I will have the overall dimension, and then adjust the cut width of material in accordance with panel thicknesses to make up the overall desired dimension. I hope that made sense!

  35. Peter Fitzpatrick on January 14, 2023 at 3:18 am

    Biscuits work great when joining edge to edge… not so much for strength as for aligning the surfaces…

    From the Emerald Isle

  36. Johnny Ray on January 14, 2023 at 3:19 am

    Good tips here. Thank you.

  37. dtork47 on January 14, 2023 at 3:19 am

    Very helpful as always. I did not know about the air nailer orientation, makes sense given the nail profile difference! Stay well and thanks again Colin.

  38. steve wright on January 14, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Off topic, sort of…..
    What will be available substitutes for Baltic(Russian) birch ply
    As I assume this will disappear???

  39. Dennis Brown on January 14, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Hate those "shiners"!

  40. Dean MILLS on January 14, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Very helpful, thank you

  41. Jason Bruce on January 14, 2023 at 3:22 am

    You never know what wisdom you will gain in these videos. Today I learned about pin nails. Never put any thought into them being thinner in one direction. But once it was said it became obvious. Simple physics. Now I will always be mindful of the proper direction to nail.

  42. Kirk Kendrick on January 14, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Hi Colin. Kirk here. Like your videos. Especially appreciate your genuine concern for the safty of fellow woodworkers. Questions for you. I am having difficulty finding hardwood for a kitchen island top. So I am wondering what you think of glueing 3/4 oak boards over plywood to get the thickness I want. Then edge it. Have you ever done this.

  43. Troy Pritchard on January 14, 2023 at 3:24 am

    It is NOT a good idea to run plywood on your jointer. The glue they use on Plywood might/will damage your jointer blades…..

  44. Mike Echo on January 14, 2023 at 3:25 am

    When it comes to plywood, I just sent the shop my cutting list, and they cut it to the correct size for me (basically free of charge & it saves my blades) Makes it so easy for wardrobe construction. When cut pieces arrive, I just assemble and I’m done.

  45. Mike Roman on January 14, 2023 at 3:26 am

    Any suggestions on what to do when plywood warps? The home centers where I usually get my plywood have controlled humidity so as soon as I bring any wood home from there, even plywood, it develops a bow.

  46. SV Soleil on January 14, 2023 at 3:26 am

    Great information, thank u for such a good video….the pin nailer info was a great pro tip…never really looked at them that closely…had that happen to me many times…now i know the best way to avoid that…Also, didnt know people ran plywood through a jointer.. never had the need to do it myself…

  47. g Jensen on January 14, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Great video Colin. Lots of helpful hints and does and don’t. You make wood working fun.

  48. Ronnie Fuller on January 14, 2023 at 3:28 am

    Some very good tips, Thanks so muchβ€¦πŸ‘

  49. BTD on January 14, 2023 at 3:30 am

    Great video, saving it for future reference. In regard to brad and pin nails, I was always told that it was the angle on the business end of the nail that steered the nail more than anything else. Keeping fingers clear.

  50. vows2sweden on January 14, 2023 at 3:31 am

    ah… Mister KENNETT!