Guide to Select Plywood

In India, plywood market is unorganized sector which comprises of different types of plywood. On one hand there are branded plywood like Green plywood, century plywood, Archid plywood, Kajaria plywood, Duro plywood etc. and on other hand there are lot of local plywood brands available. Be careful while buying the plywood. We at Plymart guide all our customers in buying the right plywood. Plymart is one of the best plywood suppliers in Ahmedabad

1.Identify the application

  • If you buying plywood for furniture in dry area like bedroom, living room or study room than consider buying Commercial or MR grade
  • If you are buying plywood for furniture in kitchen or bathroom, than consider buying BWR Grade or Waterproof grade
  • Make a list of your plywood requirement as per your usage and then order accordingly.

2. Check for ISI Certification

  • Best Quality plywood is always ISI certified. Commercial, MR or BWR Grade Plywood is IS:303 and Marine or Waterproof Plywood is IS:710.
  • Always look for the CML number underneath the ISI mark. Plywood manufacturer has a unique CML number which helps to identify the plywood manufacturer. 

3. Check for the Gurjan Face and Full core full panel mark

  • Gurjan is one of the best face veneers used for the plywood. Preferably your plywood should have the Gurjan Face veneer on the top of it. 
  • Plywood which is full core full panel will not be prone to splitting when a nail is hammered.

4. Check Plywood Sheet Physically

  • Check whether the plywood face is proper or not. If the plywood has recon face than laminate will not get easily glued. You can put your nail on the face and try to remove it manually. If the upper face comes out easily than plywood is not good for application.
  • Check whether the surface of plywood is smooth or not. If there is some waviness than it not good for the application. 
  • Check all the four corners of plywood and ensure that it has no thickness variation. Glance through the entire lot of plywood laying at the warehouse and check whether the sheets are having uniform thickness or not. 
  • Check the sides of plywood and make sure that core layers are visible as straight lines without core gaps and much overlapping. 
  • Check Weight of plywood by lifting from one side. Heavy weight plywood has always more density. 
  • In 18 mm and 12 mm check whether the plywood sheet is straight or bend.

5. Get a small cut piece sample from the lot

  • Ask the plywood supplier to cut a small sample piece from the entire sheet and give. 
  • Don’t rely on trade samples. They are always good. Ask for the sample from the actual lot of plywood. Get the sample piece diagonally cut.
  • Check that it should not have too many core gaps in between. Some amount of pin hole gaps (2mm – 3mm) are allowed but too many of those should serve as a warning sign.

6. Nail Holding Capacity 

  • The strength of a plywood panel is predicted on its capacity to hold a nail while being used in furniture. 
  • Before buying a ply, ask your dealer to hammer in a nail (14” x 1.5”) into the side profile of a plywood sheet. If the layers split on nailing, the bonding isn’t strong enough and will not work for furniture work.

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