UsesPlywood is too useful to end up only cladding buildings and getting covered up by other building materials. It has many uses inside, too. Here, plywood is used to create a unique railing for the stairs. When you take into account the labor saved by using large, strong, straight sheets of wood in building products, plywood is an economical solution to many problems. You are limited only by your imagination. Tip: Make sure to use the right thickness. Plywood that's 3/4 inch is very rigid and good for walking on, shelving etc. If you are applying a layer of plywood over another surface and you just want a smooth surface — say a luan plywood underlayment for flooring — 1/4 inch will do the trick.