As promised, I am beginning a series of Building Tip posts. Some of these may be known to fellow builders however, I believe them to be helpful to others.
My first tip: M.D.O. Plywood for use in constructing main panels of any "Box" type Illusion (Zig-Zag, Mismade etc.) M.D.O. stands for Medium Density Overlay. It is abit more expensive but is well worth it considering the Prep Time you save as well as Endurance. Basically, it is a quality Plywood with a Paper laminate on the top surface. I used this in the Sign Industry for many years. It allows a smooth as glass finish with MINIMAL prep work. You do not fight the Grain showing from standard Plywoods. Each sheet has a 2 Good sides, however, one side is always a little better, Make sure to mark the Better side OUT when plotting your cuts. After cutting all parts, and prepping the edges*, simply Tack Cloth the wood and apply your Primer. Sand your Primer w/ 320 grit sandpaper and apply your Finish Coat** using a high grade Enamel*** or Laquer paint.
I will post the following tips ASAP
**Finish Coat Tricks
***Kick Butt Paint to use
Hope this helps!
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