Go Back  RCU Forums > Radios, Batteries, Clubhouse and more > Control Lines
 Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood >

Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

Notices
Control Lines For all you fly-by-wire fanatics!

Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

Old 07-01-2007, 07:31 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lake Worth, FL
Posts: 1,009
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

It just occurred to me that the curbsides are full of free light weight mahogany (occasionally oak) plywood in the form of the bottoms in drawers of discarded cheap dressers. Thinking about it, I also realize I've seen this same stuff in the dumpsters outside places like Home Depot where it was used as a packing material to banded to the side of pallets of sheet goods to keep the stuff from sliding around during shipment.
Old 07-03-2007, 04:27 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
My Feedback: (2)
 
green river rc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Raywick, KY
Posts: 1,036
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

It's a good idea but I think you will find it's not really the same stuff. You are probably thinking of luan plywood which is between 3/16" and 1/4". I doubt you will ever see 1/8" plywood for drawer bottoms, and least I hope not. Besides, the REALLY cheep dressers will have cardboard type material anyway.

I get what you are saying though, I love to find uses for free things for my RC hobby. The nearest HS is 65 miles away, and you can't always count on Tower for a fast shipment. Besides that, it's fun to come up with ideas and they actually work. Give it a try and tell us how it goes.
Old 07-12-2007, 09:54 PM
  #3  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

Not free but definitely inexpensive... the damaged hollow core doors sold at large hardware stores like Minards often can be scrapped for the plywood facing. It is even better when you get one that is being sold very cheap because it was not well glued... usually the ply on those is already falling off. One 36" wide 7' tall door supplies a lot of inexpensive 3 ply wood.
Bob Furr
Old 07-12-2007, 10:42 PM
  #4  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Posts: 44
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

The boxes that some fruit (like those small tangerines from Spain called Clementines) is shipped in have plywood sides that sure looks and feels the same as light ply. I think light ply is made from poplar wood.
Old 07-13-2007, 12:05 PM
  #5  
 
Hossfly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Caney, TX
Posts: 6,130
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default RE: Free "lite" 1/8" 3-ply plywood

I use a considerable amount of such plywoods especially for reinforcement of various errors.

The tendancy to split and break can be well reversed if one applies a light coat of THIN CA around the edges, especially those edges not glued to anything, like doublers, etc.

Then if you have thin, 1/16, 1/8, whatever, you can liminate the ply with any glue ( I use carpenter's glue, with a few spots of CA to hold it together) to get thick sections such as firewalls, etc. If you feel the need in big-heavy machines use a hard multi-ply of about 1/16 on each side. A total 3/8 will hold a .30 CC gas burner.

I have not bought plywood for years. Last time was a 4 X 8 sheet of cabinet top 1/8 3 ply at a home-store some 15 years ago. Still have some of that.


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.