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Plywood is a sheet material composed of thin layers of wood glued together.  
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Plywood is a sheet material composed of thin layers of wood veneer glued together. These thin layers, also called plies, are glued together in alternating, perpendicular directions to create a cross-grain pattern.
  
 
The Idea Shop stocks plywood in following thicknesses
 
The Idea Shop stocks plywood in following thicknesses
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Advantages for using plywood include
 
Advantages for using plywood include
*Increased structural qualities (due to cross-hatched grain)
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*Improved dimensional stability
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*Increased strength and structural qualities - no "weak" direction (due to cross-hatched grain)
 
*Minimal warping
 
*Minimal warping
*Aesthetically pleasing finish
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*Aesthetically pleasing finish over other composite materials
  
  

Revision as of 14:24, 25 March 2020

Plywood Samples

Plywood

Plywood is a sheet material composed of thin layers of wood veneer glued together. These thin layers, also called plies, are glued together in alternating, perpendicular directions to create a cross-grain pattern.

The Idea Shop stocks plywood in following thicknesses

0.125" (3mm) in Baltic birch
0.25" (6mm) in Baltic birch
0.5" (12mm) in Sande plywood
0.75" (18mm) in Sande plywood

Advantages for using plywood include

  • Improved dimensional stability
  • Increased strength and structural qualities - no "weak" direction (due to cross-hatched grain)
  • Minimal warping
  • Aesthetically pleasing finish over other composite materials



MDF

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a sheet material composed of wood pulp pressed together with a binding adhesive into sheets.

The Idea Shop stocks plywood in following thicknesses

0.125" (3mm)
0.25" (6mm)
0.5" (12mm)
0.75" (18mm)

Advantages for using MDF include:

  • Uniform composition
  • No grain
  • Cost-effective


Adhering

Wood Glue is required if you are attempting to adhere sheets of plywood. After applying the glue, use clamps to keep the pieces together and wait for the glue to solidify. Be sure to use butcher paper (available in Assembly Area), and if you are clamping for a long period of time, please do so in the Assembly Area space.

Do not use superglue for adhering plywood or MDF.