Plywood wood for DIY: pros and explanations

Wood has always been a widely used building material. But one of its greatest drawbacks, without a doubt, is that this raw material is often expensive, particularly if they are exotic species. This is where comes in plywood !

Plywood: what is it?

Plywood is a construction material made entirely from wood. More specifically, very thin sheets of wood are assembled and glued to each other.

But the manufacturing secret of this material lies above all in the very particular way of arranging the slats, always in odd numbers, which are superimposed in opposite directions. This is no doubt what gives plywood its legendary flexibility and homogeneity.

Regarding the thickness of the veneers used, it varies from 0.8 to 5 millimeters. Otherwise among the species of wood encountered in the manufacture of plywood are: cherry, beech, chestnut, pine, walnut, oak, birch, poplar, hornbeam… It goes without saying that the thicker the plywood, the better the quality

Plywood: what are its advantages?

You have probably never noticed it, but did you know that plywood is found everywhere in your interior as wall and floor covering, or even to dress ceilings and beams. The certainty is that this material remains very popular, but why so much enthusiasm?

First of all, having the same characteristics as certain species, plywood is offered at very attractive prices compared to wood and is therefore less expensive.

In addition, this material has the particularity of being both resistant and robust. Indeed, plywood does not warp under the effect of heat or under the effect of humidity, unlike wood. As proof, certain ranges of plywood are used in the shipbuilding sector.

Finally, with its great flexibility, lightness and malleability, plywood is very easy and pleasant to work with.

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