Plywood has been around since the late 18th century. It’s quite a simple concept, combining thin layers of wooden sheet veneer with the grain running in opposite directions in order to create a tough, versatile material with a wealth of uses.
Plywood Pros and Cons
Plywood has many things in its favour when compared to other materials. Compared to solid wood it’s much more stable, meaning that it won’t warp, swell or shrink to the same extent. It is also uniformly strong, with no weak spots caused by knots or shakes.
It comes in large sheets – typically 8×4 – meaning that it’s often possible to complete jobs without having to join pieces together. Plywood can also be decorative, as some types have an attractive grain on one face that can be stained or varnished to produce a smart finish for covering walls or for use in cabinet …