Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What is Particle Board vs. Luan?

What is Particle Board vs. Luan?

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  Partical Board usually is not used for finishing or fine cabinetry. It is a more coarse material than Luan wood. Sometimes it is used in the construction process, often for forming concrete molds. Particle Board is made from wood chips, shavings of wood, sawdust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded. Particle Board is a composite material.

Particle Board vs. Plywood?

   Plywood has many different finishing grades, which can be used in high-end millwork. Where as, Particle Board, because of it's coarse texture, is usually restricted to construction or forming purposes. Particle Board is very cheap, and unattractive when compared to conventional woods or plywood. And it's coarse material means it is rarely used as a finishing material. However, you can glue plywood vaneers to it to make it more attractive, or paint it with a wood finish. 

What is Board Plywood?

  Board Plywood is a manufactured wood panel made from thin sheets of Luan wood veneer. It is the most widely used wood products. 

  It is flexible, inexpensive, workable, and re-usable, and usually can be manufactured locally. Board Plywood is used instead of plain wood because of plywood's resistance to cracking, shrinkage, splitting, and twisting/warping, and because of its generally high strength. 

  Layers of paneled wood, are called Vaneers. They usually are glued together, with adjacent plies having their wood grain at right angles to each other, to form a composite material. The alternation of the grain is called cross-graining and has several important benefits. 
Board Plywood Vaneers reduce the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges. This is a benefit for many "do-it-yourself" jobs, especially when you consider that most "do-it-yourself'ers" are novices in jobs for the first time.  

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