Birch Plywood Details
Birchwood is pale hardwood with a cream colour. Our birch plywood takes real birch wood veneers, which are glued in layers to create a tough piece of birch plywood that has the aesthetic of birch, with the traditional properties of plywood.
Birchwood is associated with being a fundamental material in the construction of furniture like tables and chairs, however, birch plywood proves to be a brilliant material as an adaptable sheet with uses in a multitude of applications such as signages or in construction.
All of our plywood can be cut, allowing for various designs and finishes. The thinner sheets of birch plywood are easy to work with and can be cut, routed and assembled easily as they’re light and easy to manoeuvre.
Alternatively, our larger birch plywood sheets, such as our 18mm plywood provide fantastic load-bearing properties giving stability and strength to any heavily weighted project. We provide all plywood sheets in a wide variety of thicknesses that can be cut to any shape or size to suit your needs. Check out our plywood shelf boards available in 12mm and 18mm thicknesses.
If you are unsure about what specific thickness you will need, get in contact and we can be sure to assist you.
Advantages of Birch Plywood
Our birch plywood takes real birch wood veneers that are glued in layers to create a tough piece of birch plywood that has the aesthetic of birch, with the traditional properties of plywood.
Our birch plywood sheets are made of real birch veneer, so it takes well to most adhesives and paints. This makes it an ideal solution for those looking to utilise the strong, natural properties of real birch whilst being a cheaper inexpensive alternative.
Compared to a solid birch sheet of the same size, our birch plywood sheets provide an inexpensive solution for those looking at achieving the same desired aesthetic and natural applications.
Our birch plywood sheets materials take well to being machined and cut, meaning that we are able to customise your sheet to fit any spaces that you require.
Uses & Applications of Birch Plywood
- Component Making
- Pipe Boxing
|Material||Wood - Plywood|
|Available Thicknesses||3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm|
|Maximum Sheet Size||2420mm x 1200mm|
|Minimum Sheet Size||100mm x 50mm|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is birch plywood used for?
Traditionally birch plywood sheets lend themselves for use in decorative projects, furniture such as tables, chairs, or finished cabinets. As it’s an aesthetically pleasing material, birch plywood sheets are also well-suited to applications such as tables, shelving, cabinetry or signs.
Is Birch ply waterproof?
Birch plywood is unfortunately not waterproof as it is made from layers of birch veneers. For our best water-resistant sheet see our Marine Plywood sheets.
Is birch plywood good for cabinets?
Birch plywood is perfect for cabinets as it is a very aesthetically pleasing material as well as great to manipulate into the desired shape or application.
What thickness is birch plywood?
How do you finish birch plywood?
Birch plywood can be finished with lacquer or varnish. Birch plywood is also ideal for painting, staining or glueing.
Can you paint plywood?
You can paint plywood, but be sure to use primer, as plywood will absorb more paint than you would expect so the primer seals the plywood, and allows it to take to the paint more easily keeping your surface smooth and sealed.
Can you bend plywood?
It is possible to bend plywood. There are numerous ways of bending plywood, but if you are after a sheet that cannot be bent, look at our MDF sheeting.
What is plywood used for?
Plywood can be used for a wide range of versatile structural applications whether interior or exterior, from furniture to internal panelling.
How strong is plywood?
Plywood is relatively strong as it is numerous layers of wood pressed together. For a stronger piece of plywood, look for 5-ply or multi-ply sheets as these will have more layers, and thus more strength.
What are the types of plywood?
We sell a variety of types of plywood, including softwood, hardwood, marine, and birch, all of which have specific characteristics and will aid specific projects. For more information on the respected types, read their descriptions at the bottom of their product pages.
Can I cut plywood?
It is possible to cut plywood yourself, but we are able to do it for you if you request at the point of ordering. To do so yourself please follow safety procedures, and use a sharp saw else you risk the sheet breaking.
How is plywood made?
Plywood is made by glueing a series of thin veneered sheets of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated by up to 90 degrees to reduce the risk of splitting when nailed in at the edges. This technique, referred to as cross-grain, improves strength, stability and prevents warping, making it an excellent general-purpose construction panel.
How do you seal plywood edges?
Plywood should be sealed to prevent moisture from affecting the sheets and causing warping. The sealant you use will depend based on how you intend to use the plywood, but you should use something quick-drying and can withstand all temperatures, and be compatible with paint if you intend to paint your plywood.