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How to Make a Plywood Carrying Handle

Use these step-by-step instructions to make a plywood carrying handle and make traveling with lumber a lot easier.

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make a plywood carrying handle
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut and Attach the Block

Set the table-saw blade at a 45-degree angle and a height of 3/8". Send the 12" x 2" x 2" block through the table saw twice, once on the right side and once on the left (Image 1). This will cut a triangular groove in the length of the block.

Use wood glue to secure the flat side of the block that was just cut to one side of the length of the 20" x 10" x 3/8" piece of plywood (Image 2).

Step 2: Drill Holes

Drill at least five drywall screws through the back of the plywood and into the block.

Use a 1/2" spade bit to drill two holes in the side of the plywood farthest from the block of wood.

drill drywall screws through plywood into block

Step 3: Create the Handle

Thread a 3' piece of rope through one of the holes in the plywood, and secure the end of the rope with a knot (Image 1).

Thread a piece of 8" garden hose around the rope to provide a carrying handle (Image 2).

Adjust the rope to the desired length (depending on the height of the wood that's to be carried). Thread the rope through the other hole, and tie a knot at the end of the rope to secure it.

Step 4: Use the Handle

To use the carrying handle, rest a piece of plywood on the 2" x 2" x 12" block. Carry the plywood under one arm, and grasp the handle on the other side of the plywood.

using the handle