We stumbled on this lovely side table at the ever-illuminating Aqqindex. “Paint and parchment side table” was the only info. We instantly envisioned plywood, one of our favorite materials for its possibility and accessibility. You could make a table like this with three rectangles and two flat sides cut with whimsical swirls.
We KNOW it would take some practice to use a jigsaw to make such elegant curves. And probably a good solid template. It’s certainly possible to do; after all, that is how gingerbread on Victorian houses is done.
So we looked up “how to cut plywood with a jigsaw” and found a trove of info and videos. Our favorite is Pretty Handy Girl’s tutorial, which includes the why’s of her favorite jigsaw and a video that includes essential safety prep.
Then we got imaging all the things we could do with a jigsaw, like cut-out walls into a room...
…walls full of unexpected patterns...
…and even crazy, rough holes cut out of sheetrock…
…or holes as handles in plywood furniture or cabinets...
We want a jigsaw NOW!
Our construction consultant Nina Saltman recommends the inexpensive Black & Decker Variable Speed Jigsaw, since she says “you’ll probably only use it occasionally and it should do the job”. But we’re gonna do our research.
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I’m also an avid plywood lover, but recently seem to be inundated with information (and likely a lot of misinformation) about the dangers of formaldehyde and other chemicals in cut plywood. I can’t seem to find anything legit or conclusive about the actual risks and levels of formaldehyde off-gassing in standard plywood. The “is this bad for us?” question has been floating around in my head of late, as most of our furniture is DIY’d unsealed plywood!
@kimithy, a few months ago Christine Chang Hanway over on Remodelista did a wonderful post on this after I and other readers asked similar questions.
See her article here (or if link doesn’t work just google “remodelista plywood formaldehyde”: http://www.remodelista.com/posts/remodeling-101-formaldehyde-in-plywood-scary-or-not
PS. I should have added that the upshot is that formaldehyde is BAD for you and Home Depot makes a formaldehyde-free plywood called PureBond. Their website has a fascinating short video on the making of plywood that I found well worth watching.
Hope this helps.
@catbirdfarm, Thanks for the ref – that’s the most reasonably written/researched article I’ve seen on this so far! I’ll look into getting a testing kit – we’ve got around 150-200 square feet worth of non-green plywood in our 750 sq’ of apartment right now :/
Thanks SO much for this great info. Christine Chang Hanway does great, informative, reliable posts so I’d trust this info.