You’ve probably used plywood before in a woodworking project, but there’s a whole lot more to it than you might think. Bob Clagett of I Like To Make Stuff has some quick tips on you might use plywood in your next project.
We have all seen wood objects with rounded shapes, that’s nothing new. But when the grain of the wood shows that this piece was not just sawed into shaped but bent into shape, it starts turning heads. Bending wood? Surely something as hard as wood can’t possibly be bent can it? Ooh yes it can, and it’s not that hard to do either! Steve Ramsey knows exactly how it’s done, and he made this video to demonstrate it. In this case he makes a holder for a razor, but you could make almost anything out of your bent wood like coat hangers, bracelets, decorations and even large things like furniture. So watch this and let your imagination run wild!
Wood is a really versatile and useful material, but unfortunately it isn’t particularly water-resistant. When moisture penetrates naked wood, i swells and can warp out of shape. But there are tricks that you can use to reduce this effect and Matthias Wandel shows us how in this video. He also points out in more detail how wood expands when exposed to moisture, it’s not the same amount in all direction.