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Detailed, hands-on how-to info on a very rich manufacturing process that is rarely attempted by DIYers. Instructables user pseaton covers the process of designing and building your own molded plywood forms all the way from initial design considerations, through mold construction and veneer pre-treatment, to actually laying up the veneers and cleaning up the finished form. Very cool stuff, especially if you’ve got access to a CNC router that can accelerate construction of the mold parts.

Bent Plywood Night Stands


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. What a brilliant post – actually looks really good as well!

  2. […] The example image shown is one of many chairs the Eames designers produced and they are definitely worth researching further for inspiration. Many of their designs were at the forefront of manufacturing and material technology including use of moulded ply and moulded fibre-glass. You may not think that a process as complicated ias moulding ply could be open to you and your designs – however head over to this Make / Instructables article for ideas of how to make a moulded plywood design – shelf. […]