How to Cut Thin Plywood

Cutting thin plywood is a difficult prospect since it tends to splinter very easily. You can cut plywood that is 1/4 inch thick by following a couple of simple rules and it will reduce the amount of splintering. The items that you need will be available around your home.

  1. Measure the board to determine where the cut will need to be made. Mark where the cut will be made.
  2. Attach one layer of masking tape on each side of the plywood. Redraw the line on the tape.
  3. Turn on the saw and slowly approach the line where you are going to cut. You are going to want the blade rotating at as fast a speed as possible. This will make for a cleaner cut. Remove the masking tape when the cut is completed.

Things You Will Need

  • Straight edge
  • Masking tape
  • Circular saw
  • Fine tooth saw blade


  • It helps with the cut if another person is holding the end that will be discarded.

About the Author

Philip Powe started writing in 1987 for St. Louis area newspapers. He has since written for "St. Clair County Historical Society Journal" and the "American Association of State and Local Historians Journal." Concentrations are in home and garden, philosophy and history. Powe holds a Master of Arts in intellectual history from Southern Illinois University.