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We offer a range of plywood types for different applications which we can cut to any size or shape using our CNC router, for a high level of accuracy and repeatability. If you have a specific shape in mind, we can make it a reality. All you need to do is send us your drawings in either CAD format or a sketch and we can create it. As well as cutting shapes and curves into plywood, our CNC router can also be used for rebating, pocketing and hole cutting - not just for plywood but virtually any sheet material. We also offer laser cutting and CNC engraving services for added decorative options.
If you’re looking for a material for printing, you may want to consider birch plywood. Using state-of-the-art UV printers, we can print full sheets of plywood in one go, providing a reliable finish and quicker results than can be achieved with painting. We currently only list 8x4 sheets (2440x1220mm) but we can purchase and cut sheets of up to 2000x3000mm, so get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements. We offer optional next day delivery if you’re working to a deadline and if you have a larger order, we have our own transport service which operates throughout most of the UK. Got a bigger project taking place? Contact us to discuss bulk discounts and regular supply orders.
12mm plywood sheeting is a high-quality yet affordable material that can be used to great effect in various applications and environments. Plywood sheets are produced by sheets of wood layered on top of one another at 90-degree angles and glued together before being compressed at a high pressure to create a solid and hard-wearing wood. Because of the construction of plywood, it has great strength and can withstand short-term weight and pressure without bending or warping. We can cut 12mm plywood sheets to any size or shape you require for added convenience, as well as providing quick delivery.
12mm Plywood Sheets Types 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 - we offer the grades listed below. 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 and is best-suited to applications where the appearance of the wood is important or for printing onto.
- Marine plywood is for use in environments where the wood is exposed to moisture for extended periods. The 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.
Advantages of 12mm Plywood Sheets
From its high strength and lightweight properties to the affordability of this material, plywood sheets have a great number of beneficial and unique qualities. The layered construction of this wood results in incredible strength. It can also cope with heavy weights being placed on it without bending, as it can spread the impact efficiently for less tensile strength. It’s resistant to changes in temperature and moisture without losing any structural integrity. 12mm plywood sheets can also be used in a range of environments, both internal and external, offering plenty of versatility.
Applications of 12mm Plywood Sheets
12mm plywood sheets have a multitude of uses and are typically used in the construction industry for general joinery. Plywood is an affordable material which is why it is a common material to use for concrete frameworks, prototyping and temporary structures. It can also be used for as well as for garages and sheds, as the thicker sheeting provides more rigidity. 12mm plywood is sturdy enough to provide a stable surface for shelving and display units, as it can hold heavier items without bending or warping, as well as being ideal for packing cases and containers.
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.