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Contreplaqué okoumé - Photo Rougier

Contreplaqué okoumé – Photo Rougier

Definition

Plywood panels are made from thin sheets of wood veneer (« plies » with a thickness of between 0.8 and 4 mm) produced by peeling. What marks these panels out is the fact that the plies comprising them are cross-grained (at right angles). The plies are bonded together and hot-pressed for maximum cohesion.

The plies are usually arranged symmetrically either side of a central ply.

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This cross-graining and the quality of the glue bonds (which are tailored to the panel’s intended use) ensure that plywood is:

  • Isotropic
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Resistant to outdoor conditions (service class 3)

Plywood has a wide variety of uses and is extremely versatile. It is a preferred material for construction, design, boat building, etc.

Why? :

  • Its mechanical performance allows it to perform a structural role in buildings
  • It closely resembles solid wood
  • It is flexible, allowing curved shapes to be created
  • A wide range of finishes can be applied, depending on a panel’s intended use

Plywood panels stand out for a number of reasons.

Isotropic

Lightweight

Universal

Stable

High performance

Visually appealing

Wood-based

Eco-friendly

Durable

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