I've made a lot of shop stuff out of OSB. It's good for things like tool shelves, junk boxes, french cleats, racks, carts, cabinets, etc. Basically for anything you may need to dismantle or modify and will inevitably beat up, OSB is a great material. In my old shop, I had cabinets and drawers made of OSB. I also made a workbench where the lower shelves were OSB. I also laminated two sheets of it together for the underside of the benchtop and used cheap 1/2 plywood as a sacrificial top. Plenty sturdy, but a lot more cost effective than stacking good 3/4" ply. Very sturdy, stable, and heavy. Hurt a lot less when I had to replace that plywood, too. Can't beat 10-15 bucks to replace a beat-up bench top.
Using it for stuff like that is great when you need something set up quick and cheap. For me, I was setting up a new shop, didn't have a lot of cash, and didn't plan to stay where I was for long. For that, OSB is a great choice. I'm glad I'm not still stuck with it now, but that's neither here nor there. I was very happy to have it then!
I don't think I'd use it on anything meant to be displayed... nothing that needs to hold up and/or will be touched, anyway.
But then again, there's always epoxy. With that I could see OSB chair bottoms and armrests. Stools would be easy to implement that way. Tables with chamfered or maybe rounded over, epoxy-smothered OSB "slab" tops could be pretty eye catching in their own way.
I guess that would offset the cost effectiveness and bring it closer to the cost of hardwood, though, heh... ...you'd have to REALLY be into that "diy" look.
It probably looks cool turned, too.
Life's too short to be caught using cheap sandpaper.
Last edited by zyglrox; 04-08-2018 at 12:26 AM.