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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, 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. If your buying wooden sheets for structural purposes and need something more cost effective, check out our range of OSB boards.
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. Although it can be used for more rustic looking furniture projects, we'd recommend using MDF for sleek, cleaner look furniture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you paint plywood?
You can paint plywood, but be sure to use primer, as plywood will absorb more paint than you would expect so the primer seals the plywood, and allows it to take to the paint more easily keeping your surface smooth and sealed.
Can you bend plywood?
It is possible to bend plywood. There are numerous ways of bending plywood, but if you are after a sheet that cannot be bent, look at our MDF sheeting.
What is plywood used for?
Plywood can be used for a wide range of versatile structural applications whether interior or exterior, from furniture to internal panelling.
How strong is plywood?
Plywood is relatively strong as it is numerous layers of wood pressed together. For a stronger piece of plywood, look for 5-ply or multi-ply sheets as these will have more layers, and thus more strength.
What are the types of plywood?
We sell a variety of types of plywood, including softwood, hardwood, marine, and birch, all of which have specific characteristics and will aid specific projects. For more information on the respected types, read their descriptions at the bottom of their product pages.
Can I cut plywood?
It is possible to cut plywood yourself, but we are able to do it for you if you request at the point of ordering. To do so yourself please follow safety procedures, and use a sharp saw else you risk the sheet breaking.
How is plywood made?
Plywood is made by glueing a series of thin veneered sheets of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated by up to 90 degrees to reduce the risk of splitting when nailed in at the edges. This technique, called 'cross-graining', improves strength, stability and prevents warping, making it an excellent general-purpose construction panel.
How do you seal plywood edges?
Plywood should be sealed to prevent moisture from affecting the sheets and causing warping. The sealant you use will depend based on how you intend to use the plywood, but you should use something quick-drying and can withstand all temperatures, and be compatible with paint if you intend to paint your plywood.