Plywood is engineered wood, comprising thin layers (plies) of wood veneer (lamin). This is the wood of choice in constructing household furniture, especially kitchen cabinetry.
- Plywood can be grouped into 4 categories, based on it’s specific applications; Structural, Exterior, Interior, Marine
- Because of the way it is made, plywood does not expand and shrink easily.
- Cross-graining, reduces the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges
- Plywood has great tensile strength and can take stress. This ability allows it to accommodate the occasional short-term overload; up to twice the design load, a property which is useful when ply is used as construction flooring or as concrete formwork.
- Plywood’s cross laminated construction, makes it a relatively stable wood under significant changes of temperature and moisture, again a great attribute in flooring construction.
- Its design gives the wood a roughness in texture. Ply does not have the versatility to be converted into decorative edges or intricate furniture designs.
- Plywood uses a large amount of natural wood, and is therefore not commonly used.