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We offer a range of different plywoods for any project which we can cut to any size or shape using our CNC router for a high level of accuracy and duplication. Whatever shape or design you have in mind, we can cut it – just send us your drawings, in either CAD or a sketch format, and we can bring it to life. As well as cutting any shape or curve required, our CNC router can also be used for rebating, pocketing and hole cutting on plywood sheets and virtually any other sheet material. We also provide laser cutting and CNC engraving services, as well as the ability to cut miters, for added versatility.
Plywood is a commonly used material that is popular within construction industries, both for visible applications and as the foundation to projects where it serves as a stable framework. Not only is this material cost-effective but it’s also a versatile wood that is reliable and delivers excellent levels of strength. Plywood sheets are made from several thin layers of timber which are glued together in layers at contrasting 90-degree layers from the layer above and compressed at high pressure to create a hard-wearing material that is long-lasting and durable. From floors to walls, roofing to partitions, plywood sheets have a multitude of uses.
Our Types of Plywood Sheet and Gradings
There are several different varieties of plywood, depending on the application you’re using it for, but the four most common types of plywood are softwood, hardwood, birch and marine ply. Wood comes in a variety of grades, our grades are listed below. You can see our wood grading guide for more information on the types available.
- Softwood plywood is the most commonly manufactured plywood and is available in various thicknesses. It’s typically used in construction projects as it’s affordable and versatile. There are several grades of this wood to choose between, from C+/C grade which has knots on both sides of the wood, with those on the facing C+ side filled and touch sanded.
- Hardwood plywood. is made from stronger timbers and is commonly used for applications which require longevity. Chinese hardwood plywood is a high BB/CC grade wood which means it has few knots and slight discolouration to the surface of the wood, with a CC grade reverse.
- Birch plywood that we offer comes in high B/BB grade which provides a clear and smooth surface.
- Marine plywood is for use in environments where the wood is exposed to moisture for extended periods. This type of wood we offer has a high quality BB/BB face grade and is well-suited to demanding environments such as gardens, bathrooms and parks as well as for roof supports and advertising panels.
We offer a variety of thicknesses of all the types of plywood including the most popular 12mm plywood sheets and 18mm plywood sheets, cut to size or shape. We also stock 3mm plywood, 6mm plywood and 9mm plywood sheets.
Benefits of Using Plywood Sheets
Plywood has various core properties that make it a unique product compared to other types of wooden sheeting. The first of these is its strength – plywood tends to be a far stronger material than standard timber as it has a layered construction that delivers stability and prevents the board from snapping or bending under pressure. The thicker the sheet of plywood, the stronger it will be. Plywood is also resistant to stress and is capable of retaining its structure under heavy weight and pressure, as its layered properties spread the weight of heavy items compared to a single sheet of timber.
Despite being a strong material, plywood also has the added benefit of being flexible when produced in thinner sheets and can be bent to create rounded surfaces and edges. Plywood utilises water-repellent glue in between each of the layers of wood, so that when the levels of moisture and humidity in the surrounding area rise, it won’t warp, delaminate or expand. Finally, plywood has the added benefit off being an insulating material so it can be used for wall insulation for thermal benefits to reduce heating bills, or even for soundproofing to minimise noise pollution in between rooms.
Applications of Plywood Sheets
Plywood is suitable for myriad projects, from roofing and construction through to children’s toys and jigsaw puzzles. The plywood used will vary depending on the environment and the project it is being used for. From doors, cabinets and boxing in pipes and wiring to packaging cases, pre-fabricated components and sport equipment such as skateboards, plywood has numerous uses and is available in a range of thicknesses to suit the application. Marine plywood can also be used for projects such as walkway coverings and cold storage containers. Plywood is ideal for signage and advertising panels too, as it can be painted onto and is a lightweight material that can be fabricated and machined with ease to create any size or shape needed.
Delivery charges are based on the size of the largest panel you order and how quickly you'd like to receive it. All delivery charges include excellent standards of packaging to ensure your order gets to you in great condition. For small orders below 297mm we use Royal Mail and larger orders are sent with reliable couriers such as DHL and TNT. For the longest side up to 1200mm delivery, this maximum is also met when both dimensions are over 750mm.
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You are also more than welcome to come and pick your acrylic up from us. Our address is Unit 51-52, Mackley Industrial Estate, Henfield Road, Small Dole, BN5 9XR.
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When your delivery is ready for dispatch, we will email you. This email will include the courier’s tracking number where possible. If you have ordered a smaller piece of acrylic, you will receive a notification from the courier detailing roughly when your order will be delivered on a specific day. If you have ordered a larger piece of acrylic, you may not receive any notifications from the courier, and unfortunately our courier also can’t specify a delivery time. If you are out, the courier will leave a card to allow you to arrange a new delivery time to suit you.
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Your order should arrive packaged and in perfect condition, just as it left us. It will come with a layer of protective film over each surface (mirrored acrylic only has protective film on one side). If your order appears to have been damaged in transit, please refer to our Orders Damaged in Transit information.
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What tolerance do you cut to?
We cut to a tolerance of +/-3mm.
What is your delivery timescale?
3-7 working days.
Is mirrored acrylic like normal mirror?
Mirrored acrylic is a flexible material, and needs to be attached to a perfectly flat surface. We recommend attaching it to MDF or something similar, making sure the adhesive is spread in a thin even layer across the acrylic. we also recommend using the 5mm thick acrylic as it is more rigid.
Can you cut any shape?
Yes, in acrylic. We will shortly be able to also cut any shape in polycarbonate as well.
What's your standard radius corner?
20mm, but we can cut to your requirements.
How many holes do I need in my acrylic?
1 per corner should be sufficient for smaller pieces. You might want to consider an extra hole in the middle if your sheet is larger.
Can I cut acrylic?
Yes, you can. Just take it slow and easy.
Can I put acrylic behind a hob?
Not if it is gas or electric. You need a gap of 5cm between an induction hob and the acrylic.
Do you fit the acrylic?
No, we don't. We do provide some templates which should help you to take your measurements. The acrylic is easy to install by any competent DIYer.
What's the difference between acrylic and Perspex?
Perspex is a brand name. It is the same as acrylic.
What's the difference between acrylic and polycarbonate?
Take a look at our handy guide here.
Can I change my order after it's been placed?
There will be a £6 processing fee for any amendments needed after placing your order.