plywood or "wood panel"

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Forum topic by Vjeko posted 02-15-2009 10:53 PM 819 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2009 10:53 PM

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Around here I have seen plywood eg. :

and “wood panel” (I guess that would be the best translation) eg. :

“Wood panel” comes in two varieties
- 3 layer poplar which then needs to be veneered or
-already veneered 5 layer center spruce and fine veneer on either side(oak,beech,mahagony,cherry,ash)

I’m not sure when I should use one or the other/what are benefits/weaknesses-
could someone shed some light on this / direct me to where I should read-up on this ?

eg does it make sense to hardwood edge band the “wood panel” and make a cupboard door
or kitchen cabinet ?

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 11:42 PM

It looks to me like the wood panel you posted is a series of narrowly ripped pieces of wood with a veneer cover. I am sure it would work fine for a cabinet, but plywood will stand up to moving better than the panel. for a cupboard door, I would not use any type of plywood or panel wood. I recommend solid wood. When you get to putting your fancy edges on, you don’t want to expose the internal laminations. Veneering on an ogee would be a pain i’m sure LOL.

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 11:45 PM

lumber core vs veneer core
lumber core wouldn’t typically need to be edge banded for a finished edge…or at least that is the idea of lumbercore sheetgoods.

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 02:29 PM

interpim, not sure if I follow you – I would always prefer to use
solid wood (from aesthetic perspective but I see plywood in doors
everywhere(at least as the inner panel between
stiles and rails) – or maybe its veneered MDF.

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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