Plywood is one of the building blocks of life. Group ply with studs of almost any size and you can build damn near anything. The shed out back, the house you live in and even the furniture in it can be constructed from ply and studs. It’s a powerful combo that isn’t fully appreciated until you’ve solved a few problems with it.
From the most basic sheet ply and pine 2×4 or 2×6 combos to the extreme furniture-building applications that boast double veneered ply and solid hardwood trim, the basic composition is still the same. Span the gaps with ply and make the frame with studs.
Take above images, for example. The military doesn’t have time or cash to build brick and mortar buildings for mobile or temporary posts. However you can have anything you want as long as it’s built from studs and ply. A 15’x30’ building with ventilation and sun blocks — no problem. It probably took the soldiers that built it a few days to put the whole thing together.
Say you want a shed in the backyard. You could go buy a prebuilt unit, or you could just get some sheet goods and 2x4s and go to town. You’ll most likely spend around half the cash and wind up with a custom-built rig exactly to your own specs.
Cheap, readily available, and easy to build with — if there’s a better trifecta, we’ve not found it.
Note* Thanks to reader jeffrey.immer for the sweet photos. Great work, guys!
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