Plywood Office Suite
Popular Woodworking|August 2020
Plywood Office Suite
Build a modern workspace with just a single sheet of plywood.
Dillon Baker

Creating your own space seems to be a rite of passage for most first-time homebuyers. Albeit, its often easy to become disillusioned, overzealous and even unrealistic about the amount of work it takes to transform your entire space. Coming from someone who is constantly trying to decipher a barrage of concepts and new project ideas, finding a starting point is always the most difficult facet.

After occupying my new home for the better part of 6 months I figured it was finally time to tackle one of my many planned projects. For me, when starting a project, it is imperative to do some pre-planning to help avoid your space from becoming one of those abandoned projects that is indefinitely incomplete. They are the project(s)/room(s) in homes that become closets for the unwanted and just another space to ultimately avoid.

After much deliberation, deciding on the room I am declaring as my office seemed like an obvious candidate. The room needed to be a space I could spend extended periods of time in, and ultimately one that could be used as a creativity incubator (but also a place to just sit and be). The room is modest, approximately 160 square feet and equipped with two windows. Considering the size of the space (or lack thereof), it’s important to address not only the challenge of what to place within it, but where/how you place it. This left me with conclusion that the first sensible pieces of furniture an office needs are a proper work surface with an ample amount of storage. Let’s get started.

Cutting Your Pieces

Start by cutting all your plywood pieces to size. All that is required for this project is one 4'x8' sheet of Baltic birch plywood. I like to start by cutting my largest lengths/widths first. This approach allows your sheet of plywood to become more manageable in size at a much quicker rate. If you do not have access to a table saw, using a circular saw with a straight edge and a few supports will suffice.


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August 2020