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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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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

    6. Step: 6

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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

    13. Step: 13

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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

    19. Step: 19

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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
Medium 043d2a67 aade 403f 8a3d c7fafdab7b07

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
    Huge f971c790 84e7 49b1 97f1 0c132321e29f

    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
    Huge 066e8cf8 79a3 4b03 94b1 94c2c1357147

    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
    Huge e5297f34 c833 42d1 9019 d5911c657ab3

    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
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    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
    Huge 01a2004d a822 4de8 a27e 010634ad7a1f

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

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 85a5e56d 2a53 4526 b985 a189691911fb

    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
    Huge c6e4adce 1525 400f acc3 8a807386bc58

    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
    Huge 52c69552 1bd4 45d5 8b44 67c2ca6230ec

    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
    Huge ee7b64a4 f614 4608 b836 6f76a353e413

    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
    Huge f10364c4 c11a 4543 924b dba539264027

    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
    Huge 11efa5b4 1b39 4d42 989e 144f68f580e4

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

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 41f8d46c 50d1 4296 a4ab 9faafbd3c153

    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
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    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
    Huge 1e1bd1c9 c806 4044 82f3 cbadbf90584e

    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
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    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
    Huge d6c75868 2737 401a a3ff 730affb247df

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

  19. Step: 19
    Huge f556d835 6708 44e1 b4cd c767f7bac457

    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
    Huge 370bf18a 3f39 4b41 b5a9 bcc47da45dac

    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
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    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
    Huge 2c931cbb c30b 4aa3 841e c17a5fd09ea1

    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
    Huge 231c89ff c88d 4a04 a908 afd4682bb0d9

    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
    Huge 863e3e90 47f5 4c59 97d2 eddef2097abb

    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/