The Best Hack For Storing Plywood

Updated: Apr. 28, 2023

Turns out, how you store plywood can make a big impact. Learn more here.

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While working on a project alongside master furniture maker Bruce Keifer, we were puzzled by the little belted-together blocks that were stuck between pieces of plywood alongside Bruce’s lumber rack. So, being naturally curious, we asked about them and received some eye-opening instruction.

Plywood or other sheet stock can warp, especially if it’s stored surface to surface,” Bruce said. “The blocks separate the sheets so air can circulate on both sides. Flat sheets from the lumberyard stay flat this way, no matter how long they’re stored.”

The leather is flexible, so you can use them on any combination of thicknesses of sheet goods.

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How to Make Plywood Spacers

The blocks are a snap to make from scrap wood and leather.

Step One:

Cut two 1-in.-wide strips of leather (or vinyl or heavy cloth).

Step Two:

Space and screw 2-in. x 3/4-in. x 1-in. blocks along the strap.

“The air space also keeps them a lot easier to grab when you need to pull one out,” said Bruce. “For full sheets, use three sets of spacers, one at each end and one in the middle.”

Next, check out our ultimate guide to plywood core options:
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