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    plywood- beginning

    does anyone here know when they started using plywood in furniture over solide wood pieces... for instance have a old but not ancient buffet and it has ply panels. but the frame work is solid.. how did they get the solid wood to work on the old furniture with wide areas to cover? or did they leave it open when ever possible.. say a large chest of drawers????
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    Its probably been used in furniture for a long time, just wasn't coined as Plywood, rather as veneered wood. Have seen some reference of it being used in furniture back to 1850.
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    not sure if it's true but i've herd that the egyptians used a form of plywood. Like Darren said probbly called some thing else back then.

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    I always heard that plywood was first made for building PT boats. Looks like my timeline was of by a few hundred years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Very interesting Carol, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Very interesting Carol, thanks!
    Ditto. Great link.
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    thanks carol,, so then its not wrong to use ply in a piece of furniture that has a wide panel that would move enough to cause trouble later..
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    Thank you Carol, that was a very interesting article.
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    Thanks, guys. Its the old woodworking teacher in me!

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