How it’s made: Plywood

November 17, 2023 | 7 min read | By: Parkerville

Making Plywood

Plywood is the most popular engineered wood product in the world, but very few people know how the product is created.  In this first-in-the-series of “How it’s made” blogs, we will give you an overview of how this amazing solution is made.

Plywood panels are fabricated from multiple layers wood veneer glued together with the grain direction of each layer of veneer perpendicular to that of the adjacent layers. These cross-laminated sheets of wood veneers are typically bonded together with a waterproof adhesive and cured under heat and pressure.  The most common sheet size is is 4′ X 8′. Plywood is produced and sold various thicknesses, with the most common being 1/2″ and 3/4″.  There is a wide variety of choices when it comes to plywood, ranging from smooth, natural surfaces suitable for finish work to more economical construction-grade sheets.   Plywood can also come in specialty face veneers, such as cherry, walnut, maple and so on.

Please explore this video, which provides an excellent overview of the plywood manufacturing process in terms of the basic steps.  Individual manufacturers’ processes may vary based on application.

Check out Parkerville’s selection of plywood and architectural panels here.  If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.

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