Plywood for Box and Drawer Material
Plywood is also an engineered wood product – made by bonding thin layers of wood called plies with glue, heat, and pressure. Alternating the direction of the grain between plies gives plywood equal strength in all directions and provides plywood with its distinctive edge banding. The intensive manufacturing process is part of what makes plywood a more expensive material. Plywood comes in grades as well. Plywood quality depends on the number of plies, the wood used, the overall thickness of the board, and how well it is glued and compressed together. Lower grades are perfect for subflooring in buildings and homes. High grades are used for cabinets and shelving. Our manufacturers use ‘A’ or furniture-grade plywood.
Plywood weighs less than MDF and HDF and works well for wall cabinets. Plywood also works well at holding screws, nails, and mechanical fasteners more securely than other materials. It reduces shrinkage as well as expansion. It provides excellent support to drawer glides, and it is stainable and paintable. Some disadvantages of plywood include less ability, depending on thickness, to bear weight. It can also be difficult to cut and splinter easily, and the edges need to be finished so the layers do not show. Thinner plywood is typically used on cabinet backs, while thicker plywood forms the sides.