March 5th, 2018

Plywood is a wood based material manufactured from thin layers or “plies” of wood veneer, glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain at 90 degrees to the next. It thus forms one of the wood composite materials.

Manufacturing plywood is as follows:

  1. Tree bark is removed from a log
  2. The wood is commonly steamed or soaked in hot water
  3. The log is placed on a lathe-type machine to peel off thin layers of wood
  4. These sheets are sorted according to the number of knot holes, grain imperfections and so on
  5. The best sheets become the outside (face sheet or veneer sheet) of the plywood
  6. Layers are laid down edge to edge with their grain running perpendicular to the panel’s grain
  7. The wood is then spliced, taped, stitched or glued together
  8. The rough-edged panel then gets trimmed and grade stamped.

Last Modified / Updated on: March 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

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