What Wood for Woodwork – Part II

Out in the market searching for wood for your home woodwork? As any veteran will tell you it’s hell of a confusion. As many people you interact with, as many advise you will get. So how do you choose the right material?

The second article in the series. On Plywood.

If more than design, solidity is your concern go for Plywood or Board. But even here the choice is not as simple as the one between black and white. As in most of the cases it depends on your intended usage.

Even though Plywood is quite strong and is sufficient for most of the usage its construction makes it somewhat unsuitable for certain functions.

In most of the cases it involves the furniture that require somewhat longer pieces. Things like shelf or shutters. Since Plywood is basically a number of ply pasted on each other, the process while granting it strength and flexibility also make it prone to sagging. If you are making a long wardrobe door out of Plywood there are chances that it will bend over a period of time.

The option either is to go for thicker Plywood, which in turn will apart from increasing the weight will also add to the cost without any significant benefit.

In beds where Plywood is preferred long pieces of timber are used horizontally to support its weight. As result even thinner Ply can be made use of.

Besides, carpenters too generally tend to avoid Plywood as working on it is little difficult on account of its construction and which also inhibits its ability to hold nails. 

Advantages: Known for its strength. Lasts really very long. The Plywood dismantled from old furniture can be re-utilised to make new things. From very thin to quite thick comes in a wide range of width. 

Disadvantages: Lacks rigidity. Cannot be used for furnitures that need to bear weight or needs reinforcements. Screws do not hold easily. Working on it is relatively difficult. Costly. Low-end range usually split as they are pasted with cheap adhesives.