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Plywood vs. Blockboard

Different types of engineering wood are available in the market such as plywood, blockboard, hardboard, MDF, particle board etc. Plywood and blockboard are both used extensively in home decoration and furniture making. Most Timber producers suggest that both products are suitable for all tasks and that is why homeowners often fall into the dilemma about which materials should be used. Both plywood and blockboard have their own distinct characteristics which make them completely different from each other. Therefore, here we are describing the difference between plywood and blockboard so that you can make the right choice.

Plywood vs. Blockboard three light boards stacked on top of each other
three light plywood boards stacked on top of each other

Plywood vs Blockboard

0. Content

Plywood 

  • Plywood is a wood panel made by sticking the layers of wood veneer sheets that are pressed at high temperatures to be converted into sheets.

Blockboard

  • It is a wood-based board with soft wood strips between two layers of wood winners. The strips are held from edge to edge and are sealed between hardwood veneer sheets and pasted at high temperature and pressure.

02. Use

Plywood

  • It is commonly used in home and office to make furniture as per need, but long life furniture is not made because it is loose or folded.
  • It is also used in building buildings as concrete shuttering panels, floors, walls, and roofs.
  • BWR grade plywood (so-called waterproof) is used in making kitchen cabinets and other kitchen furniture.
  • It is used to make fences and signs for outdoor advertising.
  • Marine grade plywood is used to make boats and ships.

Blockboard

  • It is most preferred when long wood pieces are needed to make furniture because it is hard and does not bend or fold like plywood, such as long book shelves, tables and benches, long wall panels. , Wardrobes, doors, sliding AD
  • It is also lighter in weight, making it easier to transport and install, and is therefore the first choice for building exterior and interior walls.

03. The merits

(a). Resistance to physical components

(i) water

Plywood 

  • It is sensitive to water damage.

Blockboard

  • It is more likely to be damaged by water than plywood because it adds moisture.

(ii) Pressing and twisting

Plywood

  • Long pieces of plywood are bent and bent from the middle.

Blockboard

  • It is harder than plywood and therefore it is less likely to bend.
  • Therefore, blockboard is preferred over plywood if the length of the furniture is more than 7-8 feet.

(iii) Defects and cracks

Plywood

  • It is resistant to malfunctions and cracks.

Blockboard

  • It has good stability from all four sides and is more resistant to malfunctions and cracks.

(iv) separation

Plywood

  • When working on plywood, it may detach from the edges.

Blockboard

  • It is no different on cutting. That is why its form may look wavy.

(b). Equality

Plywood 

  • It is uniform over its entire length – width.

Blockboard

  • There are slight differences between its blocks which cannot be seen from outside.

(c). weight

Plywood

  • It is heavier than blockboard because its middle is made of hardwood veneer which is quite dense and solid.

Blockboard

  • It is lighter than plywood because its middle part is made of softwood whose density and weight is less than that of hardwood.

(d). to cut

Plywood

  • Compared to blockboard, it is a bit harder to cut and it also disintegrates badly when cut.

Blockboard

  • It is easy to work on and can be cut with regular wood tools.

(e). Fitting

Plywood 

  • It can hold screws and nails very well.

Blockboard

  • It also has the ability to hold the screw like plywood, but often due to the difference between the blocks, sometimes the nails move into the gaps instead of wood and hence skilled craftsmen are needed.

(f). Surface finishing

Plywood

  • It can be easily painted, laminated, veneered or lacquered.

Blockboard

  • It is available in various finishes such as plastic laminates, wood vinyls, melamine paper etc. It can also be painted and polished.

(g). Firmness and durability

Plywood

  • It has high strength and durability due to its cross laminated structure.

Blockboard

  • It is made using softwood, so it is not as strong as hardwood plywood.
  • But if hardwood bars are used, the strength of the block board can be increased.

 Size

Plywood 

  • The size of plywood commonly produced and sold in India is 6 * 6 feet (249 * 1219 mm).
  • It is available in different thicknesses between 3 mm to 25 mm.
  • * Remark: Available in sizes according to the need based on different thicknesses.

Blockboard

  • The size of block board commonly produced and sold in India is 6 * 6 feet (249 * 1219 mm).
  • Available thickness
  • 16mm, 19mm, 25mm

* This thickness includes softwood core blocks and the thickness of the front and rear winners.

05. Maintenance

Plywood 

  • Use a dry dusting cloth to remove dust and dirt.
  • Do not let anything loose on the surface and wipe it immediately with a dry cloth.

Blockboard

  • Use clean, soft and dry cloth to remove dust.
  • Do not wipe it with a wet wipe and make sure that it is protected from water.

 Ages

Plywood

  • If not allowed to get wet, it lasts for a very long time. If plywood is laminated or dehydrated, it can last up to 50 years. In dry environments, its lifespan may increase by a few years.

Blockboard

  • The lifespan of the blockboard is shorter than that of plywood. It is stronger and lasts longer than engineered wood products.

 Expenditure

Plywood

  • It is more expensive than blockboard.

Blockboard

  • It is much cheaper than plywood because softwood strips are used in it.

Special notes

Plywood and blockboard should be selected based on the place and budget of the experiment. Furniture made as per requirement which carries heavy weight and plywood is recommended for kitchen cabinets. Shelf, Tables, Benches etc. Such as blockboard is recommended for furniture.

From the comparison of the above plywood and blockboard, the user should select justly and logically based on their budget.

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