Actually it can be done. Cut diagonally from on end to the other. Now
place the pieces together along that cut line and move the ends in and
out according to how long you need them to be. Naturally the result
will be narrower as you lengthen the piece so cut wide enough to begin
with. And you will have to glue the pieces back together.
I have made a board longer on occasion using this method.
Thanks but I need the width that exists, I was going to enhance it a
little with edging... I don't want to enlarge the edging on the other
piece. Just have to dig out a new sheet. All these offcuts, and nothing
fits the bill.
I usually end up with scrap plywood offcuts like that when I finish a
project. I store them away and usually find a use for them where I can cut
them into smaller pieces with the grain running the right direction.
Then, I buy a new sheet for the current project, and add any cutoffs to my
On the other hand, if it's not located in a visible area, or carrying a
load like shelving, the grain direction isn't all that critical. I've used
scrap plywood as drawer bottoms with the grain going the wrong direction,
no problems at all. I've also used incorrectly oriented plywood where it's
hidden by drawers or other parts of the project.
The grain direction for me is simply for looks. It would really look off
to be facing he other way.
If building a shop thing, and strength is not the issue, I will use it
the wrong way.. as I will be the only one noticing...
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