30 DIY Plywood Projects You Can Build Today (with Pictures)
Plywood is inexpensive, readily available, and it comes in a variety of thicknesses, depths, and designs. It is used in home building, shipbuilding, and has a huge range of commercial and industrial uses. Choose your finish and style of plywood carefully and you can effectively use it for almost any DIY project around the home.
As well as various styles and even colors of plywood, there are different ways to use the wood. While the most common is to cut the pieces down to size, certain items can be made by first stacking the plywood to give a sculptured look to the finish.
The first few items on our list are made using this stacking technique, and we have included many different DIY projects that can you start building today and that use plywood.
The 30 DIY Plywood Project Plans
1. DIY Stacked Plywood Bench by Vintage Revivals
This stacked plywood bench can be used indoors or, with the proper weatherproofing treatment, it can be used to make comfortable and durable outdoor furniture. Stacking the plywood first not only gives the bench a unique design but also increases the strength of the piece so that the seat will not crumple during its first use.
2. DIY Stacked Plywood Lamp by Pneumatic Addict
Learn how to build a stacked plywood lamp by using a rectangular base design, but with careful planning, you could spiral the pieces of wood, curve the exterior to make a globe, or use any design you choose. The rectangular lampshade finishes the design, and although a lamp doesn’t need to be as structurally strong as a bench, this piece is strong enough that it will last for years.
3. DIY Stacked Plywood Planters by Ugly Duckling House
These planters not only use thick leftovers of plywood, but they also use a dip-dye technique. This means that the bottom portion of the planter is dipped in a liquid dye, removed, and then left to dry. It gives the planter a professional finish that would not look out of place in any home.
4. DIY Furniture Cube by Better Homes & Gardens
Call it a cube, call it a modular box, or add fabric and call it an upholstered cube. Whatever you call it, it is a simple shape and easy to make. You can add wheels to make it easier to move, and you can add a door, drawer, or hinged lid to allow for easy access. Made from plywood, these pieces cost very little to make.
5. DIY Plywood Clock by Kristina J.
Clocks really are easy to make despite being impactful, looking professional, and being highly functional and useful items. You can buy a clock mechanism for a few dollars and all you need is a clock face and hands. There are various ways to use plywood, including stacked plywood or with this dip-dye effect.
6. DIY Flooring by The Stonybrook House
Plywood is essentially veneered particleboard or another type of wood with a veneer finish. Although this does include inexpensive and potentially lackluster looking designs, it can also include woods like teak and walnut, which can make a great looking floor.
7. DIY Rolling Lego Storage by Bright Green Door
Lego storage is something that not only kids but plenty of adults dream of, too. With this rolling lego storage drawer, you can sort bricks into color and size order, although we can’t in any way guarantee that the bricks will go back in the right order.
8. DIY Easel by Houseful of Handmade
This easel looks a lot more complicated to build than it actually is. It is made from a single piece of plywood, although that will obviously depend on the size of plywood sheets that are available to you.
9. DIY Cornhole Game by Remodelaholic
Cornhole boards are a great addition to any garden party. They can also be stored in the shed or the games room and taken out whenever you want to play them. What’s more, because they are essentially just large boards of wood, you can design and decorate them however you want.
10. DIY Simple Hanging Sign by Home Talk
This sign uses a print done at Staples, attached to what is basically just a plywood board, but you can create the sign and then you can use whatever technique you like to get the lettering and sign design onto the plywood, whether that is etching, branding, burning, or painting.
11. DIY Closet Organizer by Ana White
The Closet Organizer is a great way to declutter a large walk-in closet. It offers compartments for clothing, as well as hanging rails for jackets, shirts, and more. This is another design that can be made from a single sheet of plywood and is surprisingly simple to tackle, although you may need to adapt the design to match your closet dimensions.
12. DIY Book Shelves by Kreg
A single sheet is all it takes to make this plywood bookshelf, too. It boasts of being a simple project and, although it is billed as being a bookshelf, it could be used to hold anything from games to general household items.
13. Patterned DIY Plywood Key Holder by DIY Huntress
This patterned plywood key holder has a unique, almost 1960s and psychedelic look to it. It has a small shelf that is a great place to keep folded umbrellas, wallets, and other items that you need when leaving the house. The hooks under the shelf are meant for storing keys.
14. DIY Storage Chest by Woodshop Diaries
This storage chest is described as a DIY toy box, but it can also be used as a storage bench for the hallway or other room in the house. It’s easy to make, sturdy, and it won’t look out of place wherever you want it to reside.
15. DIY Wood Crate by Period Terrace
Wooden crates can look especially effective in kitchens and hallways, and if treated with the proper weatherproofing stain or paint, they can also make a beautiful addition to the exterior of a property. This wooden crate looks authentic and is made using plywood and some simple tools. It doesn’t take long and doesn’t require extensive woodworking skills.
16. DIY Window Seat with Storage by Making Homebase
A window seat alone is a great addition to a home. It allows you to sit comfortably under the window and benefit from the natural light and sunlight. It can be a great place to read, relax, or watch the day go by. If the window seat also happens to offer plenty of storage, then all the better for you.
17. DIY Bed with Built-In Night Stands by HomeMadeModern
This minimalist looking plywood bed only takes four power tools to construct, and as well as offering somewhere to lay your head, it also has built-in nightstands that can house bedside lamps and offer somewhere to keep your favorite read.
18. DIY Headboard by Mr. Kate
A headboard is really only a piece of wood, sometimes upholstered but not necessarily, that sits behind the bed. In keeping with the minimalist design of the bed above, this plywood headboard has a similarly simplistic design. Despite being basic, it is effective and the shelves make it highly functional, too.
19. DIY Barn Door by The Handyman’s Daughter
This plywood barn door does utilize some 1×6 boards in its construction, too, but it is easy and inexpensive to make, so it still makes the list. You can also add your own design details and the author of the plans suggests wood shims, which do look very effective. We also like the way that the door is hung from a sliding mechanism.
20. Modern DIY Table by Paul Tran DIY
This modern dining table is a simple but effective design. It takes a single piece of plywood and just two power tools to make so is something that most of us should be able to handle, regardless of our DIY and woodworking skill level.
21. DIY Hairpin Coffee Table by Jaymee Srp
Hairpin refers to the hairpin shape of the table legs, and these give the plywood coffee table a great looking finish as well as the stability and support that the table requires. Easy to make, the plans actually call for spruce but you can use any style and finish of plywood in its stead.
22. DIY Console Table by Home Talk
The design of this console table, for the hallway, couldn’t be simpler. It has a waterfall edge, is made from a single sheet of plywood, and you only need to cut the plywood down into three sheets. You could alter the plans to incorporate a shelf on the bottom, too, if you wanted additional storage options.
23. DIY Round Truss Table by Ana White
A truss is a series of beams that are used to strengthen the design of an item, in this case, a round table. Therefore, the round truss table not only looks great but is strong enough to be used for any purpose and to withstand regular and ongoing use. As well as plywood for the surface, you will also need some 2×4 and 4×4.
24. DIY Countertop by Grocery Shrink
The kitchen countertop can be a huge expense and one that many of us could do without when we’re looking to update or remodel the kitchen, or if the existing countertop has taken damage and needs replacing. Create your own countertop, from plywood, using these plans. You’ll save money and enjoy the sense of satisfaction, every time you use it.
25. DIY Dinosaur Shelf by Anikas DIY Life
A DIY dinosaur shelf is a clever way to customize your kid’s bedroom without paying a dime. The jigsaw-cut dino silhouette might be the most challenging part of making it, but the dinosaur hanging hooks are the ultimate highlight here. You can take this craft in numerous directions with different themes, changing the design to fit your child’s favorite animals.
26. Giant DIY Pegboard Wall by Hometalk
Pegboards are so simple yet so versatile. One setup can last for years and adapt to ever-changing needs. The DIY giant pegboard in these plans is as stout as can be, as the chunky dowels can hold substantial weight. With a fresh coat of paint, it doesn’t only offer a massive functional boost to the wall but also creates a unique eye-grabbing decoration.
27. DIY Cutting Board by Instructables
Your first foray into DIY plywood projects shouldn’t be overly complex or critical to your needs. For a light beginner build, there’s no better place to start than this plywood cutting board. Rather than take a quick and dirty route of trimming plywood down to a cutting board size, these plans use plywood strips in a stacked formation. The finished product is more intriguing but doesn’t require tons of effort or skill.
28. Modern DIY Mirror by House to Home DIY
When rustic meets modern, it can be easy to get a professional look. That’s what you’ll discover when you make this modern mirror with an all-plywood frame. The geometric pattern is easy to cut, quick to assemble, and, best of all, cheap to build. Accessorize the shelves to add color to the mirror, and all your guests will be dying to know where you bought it.
29. DIY Storage Box by Dansle Lake House
You’d never know this gorgeous storage box was a DIY project after it gets a smooth stained or painted finish. It’s a perfect solution for keepsakes in the closet or bedroom. Although this box has a mid-century modern look, it only takes a different handle and a fresh coat of paint to make it fit your style.
30. DIY Sander and Sandpaper Storage by Kreg Tool
A sander and sandpaper storage setup is about as meta as you can get with a handmade plywood project. But that’s only one possibility for this shelving system. With easily removable slide-out shelves, you can change up the array to fit all kinds of tools and materials.
Plywood Projects You Can Build Today
These plywood projects are quick to make, will last a lifetime, and can be made using any of a variety of styles and finishes of plywood. You can also finish plywood with stain or weatherproof protection, offering further ways to modify and personalize the designs. Don’t be afraid to modify the designs to match the required dimensions, or simply to change the look of the finished project. It can make a big difference to how effective a piece of furniture or other design is.
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