The Different Grades of Plywood

The Different Grades of Plywood

Plenty of woodworking projects have a bill of materials that include the use of plywood. Anything from construction of buildings to kitchen cabinets to aircraft all benefit from the use of plywood in the overall design. Plywood is made of large thin sheets, or plies, of veneer that are laid on top of each other …

Side OSB Face Up

Which Side of OSB Should Be Up or Facing Out?

OSB board is an alternative product to traditional plywood. OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board, and is composed of pieces of wood oriented in the same direction. The compression of wood pieces that were cut along the direction of the wood fiber give OSB its formidable strength. OSB is typically used for structural applications, including …

Guide to Tropical Plywood

A Woodworker’s Guide to Tropical Plywood

Plywood comes in many materials and grades. For any project or application, there is an ideal plywood product that meets the structural or visual requirements in an economic way. The most common choice in plywood comes from your local hardware store, where you can find common plywood made from species such as spruce, fir, pine, …

What Is Aircraft Plywood

What is Aircraft Grade Plywood Used For?

How does Aircraft Plywood Fare in the Plywood Market? Plywood is used in many different applications, including wall sheathing, flooring, furniture, and cabinetry. But a lesser known application for plywood is for use in aircraft. The earliest airplanes used wooden parts as it was more accessible than current materials like aircraft-grade aluminum or steel. Today, …

B-Grade Lumber vs Premium Grade Lumber

B Grade Lumber vs. Premium Grade Lumber

When planning out a woodworking project, you will be faced with deciding on a grade of lumber. You will find lumber with so many designations, including Grade B, premium, No. 3, and so many more. The question is, what do all these grades mean, and what distinctions make one grade better than another? Each grade …

Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood

What are the differences between Hardwood and Softwood Lumber

People who don’t regularly work with lumber would be challenged to mention even one major difference between hardwood and softwood lumber other than the fact one material is harder than the other. The fact is there are several major differences between hardwood and softwood limber. Anyone who is planning a building or construction project that …

OSB Instead of Sheetrock

Can I Use OSB Board Instead of Sheetrock

Having to decide on what materials to use when building or remodeling can sometimes be a tough decision. It’s a process that requires critical thinking for effective results. One choice that you may face is to choose between Oriented Strand Board and sheetrock. Here are some reasons why OSB could be more of a preferable …

Different Grades of Hardwood Flooring

Different Grades of Hardwood Flooring

There is no denying that hardwood flooring add an air of elegance and sophistication to any room in a house or office. That is certainly true when comparing hardwood floors to tile floors and carpeting. At the same time, the grade of the hardwood floor will have an effect on how good a room looks. …

What is OSB Sheathing

What is OSB Sheathing Used For?

Sheathing is the supporting structure that acts as a cover for the surfaces of a building. The main function of sheathing is to provide a surface where other materials can be applied to, either on either floors, roofs, or walls of structures. It also provides additional structural integrity to buildings. Oriented strand boards are increasingly …

OSB as Flooring

Using OSB as Your Primary Floor

Flooring projects are a fantastic way to change the mood of an entire room. Dark woods can bring a dramatic look, while marble tile can bring a cleaner, modern feel. Today, there are so many different flooring options that work for any room style, as well as any environmental requirements. Whether you are putting in …