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So I have just made a complete mess of a piece of oak that I was making into a bow rocker for a horse. Perhaps that was a little ambitious for a complete novice! Anyway, since the horse is going to be made in ply (its about 15 separate cute to form the body) I think some practice on ply would be useful and cheaper.

How easy is ply to rout and is there anything I should know before starting?
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Most plywood routes okay kind splinters ( cheap full of voids ) better grades like your 9 to 13 ply plywood will route really well these usually have few or no voids at all in them, I use it on numerous projects 1/2" or 3/4" Depends on what your building
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I was told if you run plywood across the grain to run it left to right on the table & tight against the fence to keep it from splintering.
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About all my projects are plywood, and I think I rout every one. No problem.

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Plywood doesn't really have a 'with the grain' or 'against the grain', since plywood is made of sheets running in alternating directions.

The higher grade stuff is very friendly to work with and very consistent (although you will probably still find voids here and there).

Consider using the higher grade hardwood ply. You can find it at home depot for 50$ per 4x8 sheet with a birch veneer.

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Peter ~ I echo the others who have posted. Plywood tends to splinter, so take shallow cuts but keep the router moving at a constant speed. I am assuming that you are hand-holding the router. Plywood contains glues that tend to dull the bits more quickly than dimensional lumber. So be sure to check your bits for burning or other signs of wear and keep them clean and sharp. Have fun.

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With most of my personal designs I start with duck tape and card board then PW then the real thing. Oh I forgot the drawing but some ideas I skip the drawing and go strt to card board. It helps me see things that a drawing doesn't.

Of course I am not talking about a cabinet.
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Peter, you might find this of interest:

http://www.routerforums.com/starting...tml#post246965

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For practice I would use MDF, it's cheaper than better grade plywood and no splinters. It is heavier but it is just practice. MDO works too but is higher in price. WEAR A DUST MASK AND USE LOTS OF VENTILATION.
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Thanks for your help gentlemen
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