Plywood Pros and Cons

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Plywood offers many advantages over other materials when it comes to building projects. It may not be the best choice for your project, however. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to use plywood.


Cost is a great advantage to using plywood. You can build furniture, shelves, and many other things for a fraction of the cost compared with using solid wood. Plywood is often just as strong and can be finished to look great. So if cost is a factor, then plywood is definitely something to consider.


Stacks of plywood.

Plywood is very sturdy because of the way it’s made. It’s generally layered several times over which adds more strength to the materials. It will outperform other sheeting products when it comes to its durability.


Many people will not consider using plywood for certain projects because it can look bulky and off. Some pieces are prone to large voids and uneven color. If you are going for a natural wood look you will either need to sand and finish the plywood or choose another material.

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A man looks at plywood.

A lot of people shy away from using plywood because it has a reputation for being cheap. While it is inexpensive, if it’s used correctly it doesn’t have to look cheap. Still, many will not purchase furniture or shelving if it’s made of plywood. If you’re looking to sell the items you make, this can be a big drawback.