We offer a range of types of plywood for various applications and environments, which can be cut to any size or shape using our CNC router for a high level of precision and repeatability. Whatever shape you have in mind, we can cut it – just send us your CAD drawing or a sketch of what you require and we can create it. As well as cutting hardwood plywood sheets to any shape or curve, our CNC router can be used for rebating, pocketing and hole cutting. We also provide laser cutting and CNC engraving services for a wider range of decorative options.
Our state-of-the-art UV printers allow us to print full sheets of plywood in one go, providing a consistent and professional finish at a much faster rate than painting - birch plywood is particularly well-suited to this as it has a smooth and clear surface texture. We currently only list 8x4 sheets (2440x1220mm) but we’re able to purchase and cut sheets of up to 2000x3000mm, so get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements. And with optional next day delivery, your products can be with you quickly too. For larger orders, we have our own transport service which operates throughout most of the UK. If you have a bigger project taking place, contact us to discuss bulk discounts and regular supply orders.
A non-structural plywood, our 12mm hardwood ply is an economical and versatile material that can be used to great effect in a range of applications. It’s ideal for painting and staining, owing to the smooth surface it provides, and it delivers a great weight to strength ratio. Made from thin layers of timber laid at right angles and bonded with resin adhesive, hardwood plywood is a strong and incredibly hard-wearing material that is suitable for interior and exterior applications. We offer a custom cutting service to ensure that the wood you receive is cut to the exact size and shape you require for added convenience.
12mm Hardwood Plywood Grades
Wood comes in a variety of grades - for our hardwood plywood sheets, we offer the grades listed below. Please see our plywood grading guide for more information on the types available.
Hardwood plywood is made from stronger timbers and is commonly used for applications which require longevity. Chinese hardwood plywood is a high BB/CC grade wood which means it has few knots and slight discolouration to the surface of the wood, with a CC grade reverse.
Advantages of 12mm Hardwood Plywood
Hardwood plywood sheets are one of the most commonly used materials, providing a great quality finish and a knot-free surface that’s well-suited to painting and staining. The wood is designed to resist bending and warping to ensure that whatever application it is used for will be long-lasting. 12mm hardwood plywood delivers a great quality wood for a cost-effective price – it’s resistant to shrinking, cracking and splitting, and is less likely to split when used with nails or screws as well.
It has a low expansion rate so it’s a stable wood in any dimension, plus the way in which it is produced means it’s difficult to bend so it’s great for applications where strength is of paramount importance. Another benefit of using 12mm hardwood plywood is that it is an easy wood to work with – it can be cut to size or shape easily with a handsaw or an electric saw and can be used in milling processes as well. This makes it ideal for home projects and DIY applications.
Applications of 12mm Hardwood Plywood
12mm hardwood ply can be used for a host of different projects and applications. It is typically used for general joinery, such as shelving, boxing in, fascias and soffits, and walkways. As a slightly thicker variety of hardwood plywood sheeting, it’s ideal for the construction of sheds and rail or road containers, as well as packing containers, bins, vehicle frameworks, cold storage containers and benches.
It’s a common material for construction works and decorating purposes, such as for bath panelling and roofing in home. 12mm hardwood ply can also be used to great effect for signage as it’s thick enough to withstand warping and bending, while also providing a smooth surface for painting. Although hardwood plywood can be used both internally and externally, the faces and edges of the wood should be treated with an appropriate preserver before being used outdoors to protect the wood and maintain its appearance.
|Material||Wood - Plywood|
|Available Thicknesses||9mm, 12mm, 18mm, 25mm|
|Maximum Sheet Size||2420mm x 1220mm|
|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 hardwood plywood?
Hardwood plywood is designed to withstand stressful pressures over a long duration, making it reliable for consistent use. One of the main reasons for using hardwood plywood over standard plywood is its durability in strength and support.
What is hardwood plywood used for?
Traditionally hardwood plywood sheets lend themselves for use in decorative projects, furniture such as millwork in the creation of chests, built-in closets and wardrobes, kitchens, cabinets and doors.
Is hardwood plywood better than solid wood?
Plywood can be used for a wide range of versatile structural applications whether interior or exterior, from furniture to internal panelling. Hardwood plywood has all the properties of real solid wood though works out to be a cheaper alternative.
What is the best wood for subflooring?
Hardwood ply has a smooth surface that’s ideal for staining and lacquering, but can be equally as beautiful without any finishing applications to highlight the clean, blemish-free wood.
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.