Hardwood plywood is generally considered by experts to be the best wood for drawer bottoms – but it is important to understand the characteristics of plywood, so you know what to look for. Read on to learn more.
Marine plywood, despite its name, is not waterproof and as it is not treated with any chemicals, it not resistant to rot. Nonetheless, it remains good quality made with waterproof glue. better grades of the material are often strong, lightweight and virtually defect free. This makes it ideal for drawer bottoms and also has applications for boat parts and boats.
Other Strong Woods
Woods that have a natural resistance to decaying sich as redwood, cedar, cypress and shorea have a natural resistance to decay but the price and quality of these materils can vary although they are in essence a naturally strong form of wood. Conversely, marine plywood is not pressure-treated and if it is exposed to moisture, it will require a finish that is water resistant.
What Makes Plywood Strong?
Wood veneer is made of sheets or layers known as piles. They arrange the sheets in layers that are perpendicular and this gives the plywood strngth (Golf woods were made from laminated maple for decades and were very strong and durable.) Every piece of plywood has an odd number of layers and the process of cross-lamination arranges the piles in a manner so they are perpendicular to each other. The plywood is then fully bonded with pressure and heat.
If plywood is exposed to moisture, the glue will not fail (one reason it was popular for golf woods) and the wood layers will not delaminate. Not only it is important in drawer boxes but also has marine applications in boats and so on.
Plywood is usually graded (A,B,C,D) with A being the best – but they are not thought of as being of as high a quality as marine and other forms of hardwood plywood. True hardwood plywood is made with thin layers of one hundred percent hardwood that is normally stronger and harder and has a finer grain the hardwood. Plywood that is sold as being “void-free” lacks voids in the layers of wood. Many thin layers are bettter than fewer thicker layers because the thinner layers relate in a stronger, denser panel of wood.
If you’re looking for the best quality cabinet drawer boxes at the best prices there isn’t a better source than Drawer Connection. We give you your choice of wood and only source the highest quality raw materials. All of our fabrication is high precision and made to last. Whether you’re choosing a solid wood with a dovetail joint or a melamine with a dowel joint, every single drawer box is built to last!