Difference between Timber and Plywood; Explained

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What is Timber?

Timber, i.e. wood and lumber is nothing but trees still standing in its raw form or felled and turned into logs.

Where is Timber used?

These logs are used as raw material for manufacturing various products such as paper, furniture, plywood and also used in building construction. Here’s an extensive list of the uses of timber:

  1. Air dispensers
  2. Baker’s equipment
  3. Balconies, decks and terraces
  4. Boat and ship construction
  5. Bee hives
  6. Cladding
  7. Carvings and sculptures
  8. Cabinet making
  9. Fencing
  10. Flooring
  11. Furniture
  12. Fuel/power generation
  13. Glass manufacture
  14. Log cabins
  15. Musical instruments
  16. Oils used in
    1. antiseptics
    2. paints and varnishes
    3. perfume/aftershave
  17. Pallets
  18. Paper and paper products
  19. Power poles
  20. Railway sleepers
  21. Saunas and hot tubs
  22. Scaffolding
  23. Shingles
  24. Smoking produce (eg. fish and meat)
  25. Windows
What is Plywood?

Plywood is a wood product that is manufactured by the “peeling” of timber, through a veneer peeling lathe into thin sheets of veneers which are then glued together using synthetic resin and hydraulic presses. The market term for plywood is “sheets”. These plywood sheets also go through chemical treatment processes to make it resistant to termites and borers.

Where is Plywood used?

Plywood has been a popular choice for all sorts of interior related projects such as kitchens, beds, tables for several decades now, because plywood provides greater functionality than timber in terms of size, thickness, cost while offering superior dimensional stability coupled with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Plywood is also highly resistant to impacts, chemicals, changes in environmental temperature and humidity which makes it a supreme “all-weather product”.

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