Producers are tricky, and their business sometimes involves tricking consumers. Originally commercialized by the Trus Joist Corporation (now a Weyerhaeuser company) in the 1960s, engineered wood I-joists owe their beginning, at least in part, to a publication developed by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association, (the precursor to APA – The Engineered Wood Association) in 1959 entitled DFPA Specification BB-8, Design of Plywood Beams.
With the industrial revolution and the application of steam power to the cabinet making process, along with more modern tools and the advent of mass production techniques, large manufacturing facilities gradually took over nearly all aspects of cabinet making they became the primary purveyors of these products and the traditional cabinet shop ceased to be the main source of furniture, domestic or commercial.
Most people don’t have the luxury of making that decision, though, as they aren’t looking at the sort of higher-end MDF you were in your kitchen cabinets or I was in these bookcases; they’re comparing something like this IKEA bed to something like this Henredon bed , which is 50x the price but made from solid mahogany with matching swirl mahogany and ribbon stripe mahogany veneers.
My brother had a lumberyard and we used to get AC had an A side (smooth) and the other side was the C which was smooth but not all the knot hole voids like CD has an asphalt cement glue in it which is and exterior fir was some really good rot resisting stuff.I made lots of tops and bottoms with stuff that never got painted and held up for years and it got to high to purchase and it back to using AC pine which holds up really well but it gets painted.
Better is possible; be inspired and educated through the authenticity of plywood. Baltic, Russian and other European birch plywood faces are graded by the letters B (best), BB, CP and C (worst) for both the face and the back. Thank goodness for posts like these to inform people to the danger in the products we are bringing into our homes today. I made a wooden push bike for my daughter last year, but I kept the seat very simple, using just a small piece of flat plywood. Paying for more natual products with no chemicals in them can be expensive, but it’s not with my company! I didn’t want to make this plywood floor post too huge, so I broke it down into 2 parts.
Politics aside (and there are plenty of politics to put aside when citing most countries) it is important to know that there is as great a range in quality in North American products as in Chinese. One area in which bamboo plywood is making an impact is in the kitchen where it can be used for everything from cupboards to hard wearing and durable kitchen tops. The best part is that most of these are really inexpensive and some can be made from things that you have just lying around the house.
In most cases, they have been planted and grown in areas owned by the plywood company. Even so, if you are buying a cheaply made model or a model that has been treated with flame retardants (most models today are) it is likely to off-gas and emit toxins over time. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) – another engineered wood product that’s made up of wood fibers.
As with most cabinetry manufactured today the face frame and doors are usually made from one of a number of various species of trees such as Alder, Cherry, Birch, Beech, Maple, Oak, Poplar or perhaps Rubber wood. Though pricing for both OSB and plywood can sometimes be very similar depending on the market or region of the country, plywood generally costs more. Various methods are used to create bamboo plywood and different grades and thickness can be easily produced that are hardy enough to be used in areas such as building and furniture manufacture. Beyond that we’re just talking about straight boards made out of one of the materials mentioned above.
To avoid heading off into the weeds here… I think @Freeman Kitchen & Bath began the discussion with focus on particular products and their place of origin. This type of door construction is usually made from at least five pieces of wood referred to as Styles and Rails” construction. Wood packaging made of a combination of processed wood and un-processed wood are also regulated by D-98-08.
Flat pack furniture is typically made out of man-made wood due to its low manufacturing costs and its low weight, making it easy to transport. It’s always so exciting to read in the purchase notes that you’re a long time reader and have continued to follow along with all the different things I’ve done. Whether you are looking for carbonized or natural, thick or thin, we have the bamboo plywood products you are looking for. I used the vertical solid bamboo plywood for display cabinets that one of my clients uses for trade shows.
The processing of plywood uses more of the log than sawing for boards – thin sheets are pealed off a log like a big pencil sharpener. MDF board, on the other hand, is a little more complicated, and is seen by more people as an acceptable alternative to solid wood and plywood. OSB is generally considered a resource-efficient product because of how it’s made.
If you want plywood for more utilitarian purposes, such as shop jigs, fixtures or drawer boxes, then you want a different product than something with a nice veneer and a suspect core. I was familiar with issues of formaldehyde off-gassing from plywood used in cheaply made furniture, so I made a point to clarify with the sales rep (twice) that this couch featured a solid wood frame and no plywood. La Pucelle is a giant match chair made of pine wood glued and screwed together.