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We offer a variety of plywood sheets for your project which we can cut to any size or shape on our CNC router for a high level of precision and exact repeatability. Whatever shape or design you have in mind, we can cut it – all you need to do is send us your CAD drawing or a sketch, and we can create it for you. In addition to cutting any shape or curve, our CNC router can be used for rebating, pocketing and hole cutting on plywood sheets as well as virtually any other sheet material. There is also the option of laser cutting and CNC engraving services.
If you’re looking for a great surface material for printing, birch plywood sheets offer a fantastic result. Using state-of-the-art UV printers, we can print full sheets of plywood in one go, providing a consistent finish with a quick turnaround time. We currently only list 8x4 sheets (2440x1220mm) but we’re able to purchase and cut sheets of up to 2000x3000mm, so get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements. And with optional next day delivery, your products can be with you fast. For larger orders, 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.
3mm birch plywood is a versatile material that can be used for a wide variety of applications in the home and commercial settings. One of the main perks of using birch plywood is the beautiful quality of the wood – it has a pale and smooth finish that doesn’t splinter or crack, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. Despite being a lighter and thinner variety of plywood, birch plywood actually delivers a surprising amount of strength and durability as well. So much so, it is commonly used for flooring and furniture. Birch is a highly renewable source of wood and great for minimising the environmental impact of using wooden materials – it’s a fast-growing species that doesn’t cause destruction in the forests where it is felled, allowing for a minimal impact compared to other woods. Our biggest sellers are 12mm birch plywood and 18mm birch plywood, cut to size or shape.
3mm Birch Plywood Grade
Birch plywood is available in a variety of grades and we offer the grades listed below. For more information about the types available, please see our plywood grading guide.
The birch plywood that we offer comes in high BB/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. Please note that bb/bb grade can have plugs on either side of the sheet, if you are clear finishing and require a plug free finish then please ask us about higher grades.
Benefits of 3mm Birch Plywood
Birch plywood is a great material to work with as it holds screws really well, compared to softer plywood materials, so whatever it’s being used for will hold securely. This means that joinery such as dovetail joints are not only possible, they also look great and are cleaner thanks to the uniform layers of the plywood. Anything built using birch plywood will last a long time, as this is a secure and stable material that provides excellent levels of strength. Birch has an elegant pale tone to it, so it can be left exposed and natural or it takes stain really well if you want to darken and colour the wood with an oil-based pigment stain. Plywood is also an affordable material that makes the final product more cost-effective.
Applications of 3mm Birch Plywood
The appearance of birch plywood is one of the reasons why it’s so popular for decorative projects or furniture, such as tables or chairs. It makes for beautifully-finished cabinets and storage areas as well. 3mm birch plywood can also be laser cut and engraved with ease, allowing for various designs and finishes to the final product. The thinner sheets of birch plywood are easy to work with and can be cut, routed and assembled easily as they’re light and easy to manoeuvre. Plywood is typically used as construction framework and for flooring in transport vehicles, such as trains, vans and buses. This thickness of material is also a great option for signage as it’s light and easy to cut into a variety of shapes and sizes to suit individual needs.
We provide birch plywood in a wide variety of thicknesses that can be cut to any shape or size to suit your needs. Whatever project you have in mind, get in touch with us to discuss your bespoke requirements and see how we can help.
|Material||Wood - Plywood|
|Available Thicknesses||3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm|
|Maximum Sheet Size||2420mm x 1200mm|
|Minimum Sheet Size||100mm x 50mm|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is birch plywood used for?
Traditionally birch plywood sheets lend themselves for use in decorative projects, furniture such as tables, chairs, or finished cabinets. As it’s an aesthetically pleasing material, birch plywood sheets are also well-suited to applications such as tables, shelving, cabinetry or signs.
Is Birch ply waterproof?
Birch plywood is unfortunately not waterproof as it is made from layers of birch veneers. For our best water-resistant sheet see our Marine Plywood sheets.
Is birch plywood good for cabinets?
Birch plywood is perfect for cabinets as it is a very aesthetically pleasing material as well as great to manipulate into the desired shape or application.
What thickness is birch plywood?
How do you finish birch plywood?
Birch plywood can be finished with lacquer or varnish. Birch plywood is also ideal for painting, staining or glueing.
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, referred to as cross-grain, 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.