Building Childrens Furntiture
In some cases plywood is more expensive than solid wood, but this is not
usually the case. In fact, in the case of fine hardwood plywoods of 3/4-inch
thickness, the price is usually less.
In any event, the home hobbyist usually finds that money-saving is not the
important factor when he selects material for his project, since materials
seldom exceed one-third of the value of the average cabinet or piece of furniture.
In almost all of his furniture projects, Bill Baker gears his instructions
toward the use of plywood rather than solid wood, not only because of the
factors of wood strength and outdoor durability, but also because of the
simplicity in cutting out necessary pieces.
There is usually little waste, there are less operations required for the
home hobbyist, and plywood is available in a very wide range of beautiful
hardwoods. New techniques for edge treatment, such as Wood-Trim in matching
veneers, also add simplicity to the job.
Duraply is plywood with a special over-lay surface; it is non-porous and is,
therefore, easy and economical to paint. When finished, Duraply has a handsome
Nakora is the most handsome of economical plywoods for indoor furniture,
particularly for modern furniture. Birch plywood is one of the strongest
hardwood plywoods available and it is especially suited for colonial furniture.
When it is stained—which it takes nicely without fill-ing—it can be made to
resemble most any wood finish. Since it isn't porous, it lends itself very well
to painting and is especially good for children's furniture.