Today was a cut day, which means I have run out of strips for the boat, so I take full 4’x8′ sheets of marine plywood and cut them down into the right size strips. Today I am cutting narrow 1 1/2″ strips for the fore and aft stripping and thick 6″ strips for the midship.
All of these sheets of plywood are 1/4″. By themselves they are not that heavy, but for efficiency sake I gang them together with drywall screws into stacks of four. My garage shop is small and the plywood is big. I set up an in-feed and out-feed table with a couple of rollers to help move the plywood. I also add an 8′ long aluminum i-beam as an extension to my fence.
My first rips are just to get everything down to 24″ wide gangs of 4 pieces. From there it is much easier to handle the sheets. In general I cut 6 inch strips first, so when I end up with 5 1/2″ widths at the end, I can reset the fence and start cutting the narrow strips. I end up with a very narrow 1/4″ strips of waste, which I keep just in case.
I hate to waste anything, especially when the plywood is so nice, and also so expensive.