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Plywood Plywood is a sheet of wood that is made from smaller sheets of wood that are glued together These sheets of wood are called veneers Veneers are normally between 009 and 032 inches thick The number of veneers in a sheet of plywood are usually an odd number They are usually an odd number because they are glued together with the wood grain at ninety degree angles to make the plywood stronger The two outside faces on a sheet of plywood are called faces They are usually of a higher quality veneer Some times when thicker panels are being made a piece of regular lumber is used as the center ply This type of plywood is called lumber core plywood Two types of ply wood are made interior plywood and exterior plywood Interior plywood is used in places where it will stay dry while exterior plywood can be used in all types of weather conditions because water proof glues are used Plywood is often used for things like making the hulls of small boats or the floors and ceilings in a house because it can cheaply and easily fill large spaces Plywood has many advantages over regular lumber It can be made into large sheets that are stronger than regular lumber of the same thickness Plywood does not warp as severely as regular lumber when exposed to the same weather conditions since the veneers are glued together at ninety degree angles making it very difficult for the plywood to warp Plywood can also be manufactured into its finished product more quickly than regular lumber because the thin veneers can be dried very quickly Various forms of plywood have been made for over 1500 years but modern plywood has not been in production for a very long time Modern plywood is made by cutting veneer from softwood logs using a rotary lathe The first plywood production plant in British
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