How is Plywood Made?

An insight into how a sustainably grown tree is transformed into a strong aesthetically pleasing sheet of plywood.

The fundamental process of making plywood has remained the same for many years. Once the sustainably grown logs have been cut to size, they make their way through the mill for rotary cutting.

Thin veneers are cut and unpeeled from the log, scanned for imperfections and then trimmed into shorter lengths for processing. After the veneers have been processed through a dryer to remove excess moisture, they are then sorted to the individual grades, imperfections in the wood are patched to improve finish quality and appearance.

The prepared veneers are then glued together under first a cold press. Following this, a combination of glue, immense pressure and heat are applied to transform layered veneers into plywood. Finally, the plywood sheets are trimmed to standard sizes.

For both sustainably grown and eco-friendly Australian Made Plywood, we recommend Austral Plywood and CHH ECOPly ranges.

Please see the below video below for more information.

 

 

Vanuatu Villa Refurbishment

Sustainably grown Kokoda Hardwood Plywood used in Vanuatu Villa.

The plywood was chosen specifically for its appearance and H2 properties which provide a level of protection against attack from termites & borers.

With plans provided by the owner, the plywood was cut to specification, packed and shipped to Vanuatu within days.

Specifications

  • Veneer Grades:
    • “B” grade face
    • “C” grade back
  • Dimensions:
    • 2440mm x 1220mm
  • Thicknesses:
    • 3.6mm, 6 ,9, 12 ,15 ,18, 25mm
  • Glue Bond:
    • “A” Bond
  • Species:
    • Mixed Light Hardwoods
  • Preservative Treatment:
    • H2 Glue Line Treated
  • Density:
    • 550-575 kg/m3 Approx
  • Emissions: 
    • E0

 

Austral Hoop Pine Plywood School Hall

Ithaca Creek State School hall refurbishment by Blackwood Projects utilising slotted and solid Austral Premium Hoop Pine Plywood, supplied by Plywood & Panel Supplies.

Austral Hoop Pine A-Bond Super E0 AS/NZS 2271

Specifications

  • Veneer Grades:
    • “A” grade face
    • “C” grade back
  • Stress Grades:
    • AS/NZS 2271
  • Dimensions:
    • 2400mm x 1200mm
  • Thicknesses:
    • 12.5mm
  • Density:
    • 600 kg/m3 approx
  • Emissions:
    • Super E0

Austal Hoop Pine Appearance Grade Plywood Soffit

We are pleased to present pictures from the Ripley Valley Service Station in which Austral Plywoods A/C Hoop Pine appearance grade plywood was used.

Austral Hoop Pine is made from 100% plantation pine, and the exterior A-Bond glue carriers a super E0 emissions rating, the lowest in the industry and is manufactured to Australian Standard AS/NZS 2271.

Austral Hoop Pine A-Bond Super E0 AS/NZS 2271

Specifications

  • Veneer Grades:
    • “A” grade face
    • “C” grade back
  • Stress Grades:
    • AS/NZS 2271
  • Dimensions:
    • 2400mm x 1200mm
  • Thicknesses:
    • 9.5mm
  • Density:
    • 600 kg/m3 approx