I have at my disposal a lot of 8'x5', quarter inch plywood. Nothing
fancy, just the cheap and cheerful stuff. I plan to make a load of
storage crates for the loft and was curious as to what is the best way
to work out how many pieces of how many boxes I would get out of one
sheet of ply. I'm working in divison of 6 inches to make the math
easier. So the boxes would be 18" deep, 12" wide and 24" long. Also the
lid would have to be included in the math, as would the base board.
These would be 12" x 24" each.
I'm trying to figure out how many boxes to each sheet I could get. Any
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Well, if every box has six sides and, if you don't mind having ~1'x8'
scraps each board could be used to make two square boxes if you divide
it lengthwise in three (two 2' sections, with 1' of waste) and widthwise
You could use the 1'x8' scraps for a different size box, or make
something else with them.
First, reduce each dimension by 1/4" to allow for saw kerfs.
That gives you 17 3/4 X 11 3/4 X 23 3/4. Then you'll get 3 boxes from
each sheet with very little waste.
If you stick to your original dimensions, you'll only be able to get 2
1/3 boxes from each sheet (3 sheets yields 7 boxes).
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