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Softwood plywood, or shuttering plywood, is a rough-grade sheet used as an inexpensive carpentry material. As the default, we offer Brazilian softwood sheets with a C+/C grade. This is well-suited to applications such as roofing, wall construction or general joinery.

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Approximate Weight: 35.38 g

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Softwood plywood sheets are typically manufactured from softwoods such as cedar, spruce, pine and fir, which are collectively known as spruce-pine-fir or SPF. Traditionally, softwood plywood is most commonly used for general building purposes, roofing frameworks, concrete forms, and other applications where the structural integrity of the material is more important than the cosmetic appearance of the wood.

Softwood plywood is constructed by glueing layers of softwood veneers together in a cross-grain pattern to create a bonded sheet that is much stronger, lighter in weight, and easier to machine than solid wood. The laminated construction of softwood plywood creates a very tough and durable material while retaining the positive attributes of natural wood. This makes softwood plywood well-suited for uses such as furniture production, prefabricated building components, and mainstream construction applications. It provides an affordable and resilient plywood solution for the building industry.

When examining softwood plywood, expect to see characteristics like knots, dents, and fillers on the surface, and a tendency for warping or waviness in the sheets. Softwood plywood is generally not recommended when an exceptionally smooth or attractive finish is required, such as for building fine wood furniture, cabinetry, bookshelves, desks, or other finished woodwork. For those applications, hardwood plywood, such as birch ply, would be suggested.

Our inventory of softwood plywood can be cut to various custom sizes and designs. The thinner sheets are lightweight and easy for DIYers to manoeuvre, cut, route, and assemble into projects.

Please contact us if you need guidance selecting the appropriate thickness for your particular plywood application. Our experts are happy to assist.

Key Features

Versatile

Our softwood plywood sheets are constructed from softwood veneers which allow lightweight properties while boosting the features solid wood may otherwise provide as an adaptable inexpensive alternative.

Malleable

As our softwood plywood sheets are made up of real softwood veneer, 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 softwood whilst being a cheaper inexpensive alternative to solid softwood.

Inexpensive

Compared to a solid softwood sheet of the same size, our softwood ply provides an inexpensive solution for those looking at achieving the same desired aesthetic and natural applications.

Customisable

Our softwood plywood sheet materials take well to being machined and cut, meaning that we can customise your sheet to fit any spaces that you require.

Uses & Applications

  • Cabinetry
  • Furniture Making
  • Pianos
  • Wall Panelling
  • Wardrobes
  • Kitchens
  • Skateboards
  • Doors
  • General Joinery
  • Shelving
  • Boxing-in
  • Signage
  • Fascias and Soffits
  • Van and Trailer linings
  • Huts
  • Garages
  • Sheds
  • External Joinery
  • Temporary Structures

Softwood Ply Board Specifications

Material Plywood
Finish Softwood
Thickness 12mm, 18mm
Maximum Sheet Size 2420mm x 1220mm
Minimum Sheet Size 100mm x 50mm
Plywood Grade C+/C
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 softwood plywood?

Softwood plywood is made from thin sheets of softwood veneer, like pine, fir, or cedar, that are layered and glued together in alternating grain patterns. This cross-lamination creates a versatile, strong, and workable sheet material.

What are the common uses for softwood plywood?

Softwood plywood is frequently used for construction projects, roof decking, concrete forming, flooring subfloors, furniture manufacturing, crating, and other industrial purposes where strength and affordability are important.

What are the advantages of softwood plywood?

Advantages include its low cost, structural stability, easy machinability and installation, lightweight compared to solid wood, resistance to cracking and moisture, and sustainability.

What are the disadvantages?

Disadvantages include potential knots, gaps, or cracks, less attractive grain patterns, prone to warping if improperly stored or transported, and unsuitability for exposed finish work.

What species of wood are used?

Common softwood species used include Douglas fir, pine, spruce, cedar, hemlock, redwood, and larch. Spruce pine fir (SPF) is a popular blend.

How thick is softwood plywood?

We offer softwood plywood in 12mm and 18mm thicknesses.

How should I store and handle softwood plywood?

Store flat on a level surface in a dry, covered area. Avoid excessive heat, moisture, or sudden changes in humidity and be sure to lift sheets carefully without bending or twisting.

Can softwood plywood be left unfinished?

It can be, but unfinished softwood plywood used outdoors or in wet areas is prone to deterioration.

Delivery depends on the size of your order

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4.7 / 5 418 reviews
Hugh, 18th May
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Excellent quality plywood, cut exactly to size and delivered promptly. Very happy with purchase.
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MICHAEL, 15th May
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Great quality plywood at a reasonable price. Prompt delivery. I recommend this supplier.
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Christine Straw, 11th May
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Perfect for the job in hand. Good quality. Easy to use.
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Nick Prodromou, 8th May
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High-quality, strong wood!
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Luke, 7th May
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Easy to order and quick delivery.
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Guy Farrow, 7th May
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Very accurately cut, good quality.
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David Hargreaves, 7th May
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Good to deal with - Please refer to my previous reviews
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Julie Ward, 1st May
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Made great sheep…. for charity
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Nadine Gandy, 30th April
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Great service and product
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Fraser Green, 29th April
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Easy to order and ready when expected.
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