Birch Plywood is made of three or more thin layers of birch wood bonded together with an adhesive. Each layer of wood or ply is usually oriented with the grains running at angles to the adjacent layer in order to reduce the shrinkage and improve the strength of the finished piece. It is also made out of birch wood, which can come from different types of birch trees, such as Crimson Frost Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Heritage River Birch, Jacquemonti Birch, Whitebarked Himalayan Birch, Paper Birch, White Birch, Canoe Birch, River Birch, Red Birch, Yellow Birch, and Young's Weeping Birch.
Here are more facts about birch plywood:
- Keen Production. This requires a good log or a peeler that comes from birch trees. In most cases, peelers are grown in areas owned by the plywood company. These are carefully managed to maximize tree growth and minimize damage from insects or fire. The best care for a healthy birch tree is good soil, which determines not only the amount of nutrients and water accessibility, but also how efficiently the tree can maximize those nutrients. These logs are normally straighter and larger in diameter than the logs that are required for processing lumber. The log is converted into sheets of veneer. These veneers are then cut to the desired proportions. They also undergo drying and patching. After these processes, they are glued together and baked inside a press at 280 °F and 2800 psi. After baking, the plywood panel is formed. The formed panel will then go through different finishes depending on its use.
- Genuine Hardwood Plywood. Birch plywood is classified as hardwood plywood used for interior applications and in the construction of furniture. It is usually made with a urea-formaldehyde resin. Plywood in this class is used primarily for its appearance, as their face veneers are virtually free of defects.
- Versatility and Susceptibility. Birch plywood has excellent surface hardness and a good ability to resist wear and tear. It is said to have a high shear strength and impact tolerance. This makes it suitable to use for heavy-duty flooring, ceiling and also wall structures. Also, oriented plywood assemblies have high wheel carrying capacities.
- Other Special Applications. Smooth surface and accurate thickness are combined with the durability of the birch plywood. This is what makes it a favorable choice of material for many special uses. They are used as aircraft plywood, wind turbine blades, isolation boxes for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, die cutting boards, supporting structure of parquet, playground equipment, musical instruments, and sports equipment. Birch plywood is sometimes mixed with other plywood such as walnut plywood to make varieties of simple and classy furniture like coffee tables, cabinets, closets etc.
These are some of the facts about birch plywood. It is not only functional but also aesthetically appealing. Consequently, it can be used for support in construction of buildings and also as a main component of standard furniture making. No wonder why it is being trusted and highly recommended in the woodmaking industry.