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DIY Plywood Sofa

  • July 27, 2017


This DIY modern plywood sofa is made out of 2-1/2” sheets of ¾” plywood from home depot. The cushions are made out of foam from foambymail.com I bought the leather to cover the foam cushions from tandyleather.com

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Rip the plywood I installed a new fresh plywood blade on my 6 ½” cordless circular saw. I want nice clean cuts and I got great results with this Diablo blade. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-6-1-2-in-x-40-Tooth-Finish-Plywood-Saw-Blade-D0641R/202035229 I set up the sheet of plywood on sawhorses and 2x4s. The 2x4s elevated the plywood above the sawhorses and ensured that my circular saw blade would not hit the sawhorses. I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to make sure my cuts were straight.

    2. Step: 2

      Cut the plywood strips to length I set my circular saw blade and a speed square to cut the plywood strips to the appropriate lengths.

    3. Step: 3

      Glue the strips together I used wood glue and clamps to turn the strips of plywood into two long beams that will make up the front and back of the frame for the sofa.

    4. Step: 4

      Assemble the frame. I cut pieces to fit in between the front and back beams and then glued and screwed them together. I kept adding overlapping layers of plywood making sure that no screw heads show from the top.

    5. Step: 5

      Sand the frame. I sanded the frame with my orbital sander to make all the plywood edges flush and smooth.

    6. Step: 6

      Rip the plywood I installed a new fresh plywood blade on my 6 ½” cordless circular saw. I want nice clean cuts and I got great results with this Diablo blade. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-6-1-2-in-x-40-Tooth-Finish-Plywood-Saw-Blade-D0641R/202035229 I set up the sheet of plywood on sawhorses and 2x4s. The 2x4s elevated the plywood above the sawhorses and ensured that my circular saw blade would not hit the sawhorses. I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to make sure my cuts were straight.

    7. Step: 7

      Add the legs I aadded the legs in two stages. First I glued together 3” wide strips of plywood 2 or 3 at a time. I then glued and screwed these pieces to the underside of the frame.

    8. Step: 8

      Cut the plywood strips to length I set my circular saw blade and a speed square to cut the plywood strips to the appropriate lengths.

    9. Step: 9

      Add support beam I clamped down a straight edge and then cut strips off of the plywood to use as supports for the underside of the table. I also cut off the corners to make additional supports and to give the tabletop a cool shape.

    10. Step: 10

      Glue the strips together I used wood glue and clamps to turn the strips of plywood into two long beams that will make up the front and back of the frame for the sofa.

    11. Step: 11

      Assemble the frame. I cut pieces to fit in between the front and back beams and then glued and screwed them together. I kept adding overlapping layers of plywood making sure that no screw heads show from the top.

    12. Step: 12

      Sand the frame. I sanded the frame with my orbital sander to make all the plywood edges flush and smooth.

    13. Step: 13

      Add angled filler strip I ripped a thin strip of ¾” plywood with the blade on my circular saw set to a 45 degree angle. I then glued this strip to the front beam. I tested the fit for the seat piece of plywood and then sanded down the angled strip a bit so that I got a nice fit with the seat piece.

    14. Step: 14

      screw in the seat I screwed the seat piece of plywood in place. This piece sticks out past the frame a little bit so I just sanded it flush with my orbital sander.

    15. Step: 15

      Add the legs I aadded the legs in two stages. First I glued together 3” wide strips of plywood 2 or 3 at a time. I then glued and screwed these pieces to the underside of the frame.

    16. Step: 16

      add the back rest I set the back rest in place and then held a 3” wide strip of plywood to the angle of the back rest and traced the line. I cut triangular pieces to fit between the backrest and frame.

    17. Step: 17

      add back rest supports I glued 5 layers of plywood triangles together and then sanded the edges flush. I then glued and screwed these supports to the back rest. I did not screw them to the frame because I want the sofa to come apart so that it is easy to move.

    18. Step: 18

      seal the plywood I sealed the plywood with minwax polycrylic in a satin finish.

    19. Step: 19

      Add support beam I clamped down a straight edge and then cut strips off of the plywood to use as supports for the underside of the table. I also cut off the corners to make additional supports and to give the tabletop a cool shape.

    20. Step: 20

      DIY Leather cushions I used the same cushion technique that we developed for the ZigZag sofa which you can see here: http://www.homemade-modern.com/ep108-zig-zag-sofa/

    21. Step: 21

      Add angled filler strip I ripped a thin strip of ¾” plywood with the blade on my circular saw set to a 45 degree angle. I then glued this strip to the front beam. I tested the fit for the seat piece of plywood and then sanded down the angled strip a bit so that I got a nice fit with the seat piece.

    22. Step: 22

      screw in the seat I screwed the seat piece of plywood in place. This piece sticks out past the frame a little bit so I just sanded it flush with my orbital sander.

    23. Step: 23

      add the back rest I set the back rest in place and then held a 3” wide strip of plywood to the angle of the back rest and traced the line. I cut triangular pieces to fit between the backrest and frame.

    24. Step: 24

      add back rest supports I glued 5 layers of plywood triangles together and then sanded the edges flush. I then glued and screwed these supports to the back rest. I did not screw them to the frame because I want the sofa to come apart so that it is easy to move.

    25. Step: 25

      seal the plywood I sealed the plywood with minwax polycrylic in a satin finish.

    26. Step: 26

      DIY Leather cushions I used the same cushion technique that we developed for the ZigZag sofa which you can see here: http://www.homemade-modern.com/ep108-zig-zag-sofa/

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  • Woah! Digging this simple and modern sofa. Very cool!
    By RYOBI Nation, on August 18, 2017

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DIY Plywood Sofa

by Homemade Modern
Jul 27, 2017

This DIY modern plywood sofa is made out of 2-1/2” sheets of ¾” plywood from home depot. The cushions are made out of foam from foambymail.com I bought the leather to cover the foam cushions from tandyleather.com

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Rip the plywood I installed a new fresh plywood blade on my 6 ½” cordless circular saw. I want nice clean cuts and I got great results with this Diablo blade. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-6-1-2-in-x-40-Tooth-Finish-Plywood-Saw-Blade-D0641R/202035229 I set up the sheet of plywood on sawhorses and 2x4s. The 2x4s elevated the plywood above the sawhorses and ensured that my circular saw blade would not hit the sawhorses. I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to make sure my cuts were straight.

  2. Step: 2

    Cut the plywood strips to length I set my circular saw blade and a speed square to cut the plywood strips to the appropriate lengths.

  3. Step: 3

    Glue the strips together I used wood glue and clamps to turn the strips of plywood into two long beams that will make up the front and back of the frame for the sofa.

  4. Step: 4

    Assemble the frame. I cut pieces to fit in between the front and back beams and then glued and screwed them together. I kept adding overlapping layers of plywood making sure that no screw heads show from the top.

  5. Step: 5

    Sand the frame. I sanded the frame with my orbital sander to make all the plywood edges flush and smooth.

  6. Step: 6

    Rip the plywood I installed a new fresh plywood blade on my 6 ½” cordless circular saw. I want nice clean cuts and I got great results with this Diablo blade. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-6-1-2-in-x-40-Tooth-Finish-Plywood-Saw-Blade-D0641R/202035229 I set up the sheet of plywood on sawhorses and 2x4s. The 2x4s elevated the plywood above the sawhorses and ensured that my circular saw blade would not hit the sawhorses. I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to make sure my cuts were straight.

  7. Step: 7

    Add the legs I aadded the legs in two stages. First I glued together 3” wide strips of plywood 2 or 3 at a time. I then glued and screwed these pieces to the underside of the frame.

  8. Step: 8

    Cut the plywood strips to length I set my circular saw blade and a speed square to cut the plywood strips to the appropriate lengths.

  9. Step: 9

    Add support beam I clamped down a straight edge and then cut strips off of the plywood to use as supports for the underside of the table. I also cut off the corners to make additional supports and to give the tabletop a cool shape.

  10. Step: 10

    Glue the strips together I used wood glue and clamps to turn the strips of plywood into two long beams that will make up the front and back of the frame for the sofa.

  11. Step: 11

    Assemble the frame. I cut pieces to fit in between the front and back beams and then glued and screwed them together. I kept adding overlapping layers of plywood making sure that no screw heads show from the top.

  12. Step: 12

    Sand the frame. I sanded the frame with my orbital sander to make all the plywood edges flush and smooth.

  13. Step: 13

    Add angled filler strip I ripped a thin strip of ¾” plywood with the blade on my circular saw set to a 45 degree angle. I then glued this strip to the front beam. I tested the fit for the seat piece of plywood and then sanded down the angled strip a bit so that I got a nice fit with the seat piece.

  14. Step: 14

    screw in the seat I screwed the seat piece of plywood in place. This piece sticks out past the frame a little bit so I just sanded it flush with my orbital sander.

  15. Step: 15

    Add the legs I aadded the legs in two stages. First I glued together 3” wide strips of plywood 2 or 3 at a time. I then glued and screwed these pieces to the underside of the frame.

  16. Step: 16

    add the back rest I set the back rest in place and then held a 3” wide strip of plywood to the angle of the back rest and traced the line. I cut triangular pieces to fit between the backrest and frame.

  17. Step: 17

    add back rest supports I glued 5 layers of plywood triangles together and then sanded the edges flush. I then glued and screwed these supports to the back rest. I did not screw them to the frame because I want the sofa to come apart so that it is easy to move.

  18. Step: 18

    seal the plywood I sealed the plywood with minwax polycrylic in a satin finish.

  19. Step: 19

    Add support beam I clamped down a straight edge and then cut strips off of the plywood to use as supports for the underside of the table. I also cut off the corners to make additional supports and to give the tabletop a cool shape.

  20. Step: 20

    DIY Leather cushions I used the same cushion technique that we developed for the ZigZag sofa which you can see here: http://www.homemade-modern.com/ep108-zig-zag-sofa/

  21. Step: 21

    Add angled filler strip I ripped a thin strip of ¾” plywood with the blade on my circular saw set to a 45 degree angle. I then glued this strip to the front beam. I tested the fit for the seat piece of plywood and then sanded down the angled strip a bit so that I got a nice fit with the seat piece.

  22. Step: 22

    screw in the seat I screwed the seat piece of plywood in place. This piece sticks out past the frame a little bit so I just sanded it flush with my orbital sander.

  23. Step: 23

    add the back rest I set the back rest in place and then held a 3” wide strip of plywood to the angle of the back rest and traced the line. I cut triangular pieces to fit between the backrest and frame.

  24. Step: 24

    add back rest supports I glued 5 layers of plywood triangles together and then sanded the edges flush. I then glued and screwed these supports to the back rest. I did not screw them to the frame because I want the sofa to come apart so that it is easy to move.

  25. Step: 25

    seal the plywood I sealed the plywood with minwax polycrylic in a satin finish.

  26. Step: 26

    DIY Leather cushions I used the same cushion technique that we developed for the ZigZag sofa which you can see here: http://www.homemade-modern.com/ep108-zig-zag-sofa/