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Overall speaking, I'm not saying that plywood is the only good material, or that all others should be done away with. However, personally, I find a much grater visual aesthetic in plywood crafted products than in standard board cut products.
It's for this reason that almost all my projects are made with plywood. While still respecting plank and board furniture, I almost always look at a piece and try to imagine how it would have looked in plywood.
Today, plywood is still heavily used in some industries. Many a cabinet maker uses plywood. Many door manufactures, and even some boat manufactures. Construction uses it too. Even some furniture designers are still using it. One thing I have noticed though, is a trend for plywood furniture of today, to look less refined. Not all mind you, but much of the furniture today that is made of plywood, is overly focused on being self locking, and collapsible. Where as in the mid-century era, plywood furniture was made to be relatively light, pliable, and strong. Even when products were created to be knock-down or collapsible, they retained a cleaner and more sophisticated styling. Plus, more importantly, plywood furniture was to be economical and have a fine furniture look and quality while being economical.
Plywood today, is not as affordable as it seems it once was. For instance, a good hardwood plywood is upwards of $50 as sheet. In the case of the bed that I made, I used 4 sheets. That's not including the tools, and the consumables of the trade. So, high quality plywood can be very expensive to use for making furniture.
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Also, there are many people creating some really nice mid-century modern styled pieces today, with this fascinating and iconic material.
Below you will find a number of examples of original mid-century modern plywood furniture, as well as some very intriguing and wonderful mid-century modern inspired pieces. At the bottom, there are a few books that are great reads and very helpful as well. Ones that I either own myself, have read but don't own, or ones that I want to purchase soon.
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Books on Plywood woodworking