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12mm Birch Plywood BB/BB board


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What is birch plywood?

12mm birch plywood is a popular choice for use in DIY projects such as homemade furniture, shelving and more. It is comprised of multiple veneers ‘cross-bonded’ (at right angles) to the layer above. Birch plywood is a high quality timber that compared to other types of plywood is more resistance to warping, especially when made in thicker sheets. The construction is void-free which makes it easier for screws and their threads to hold. Our 12mm birch plywood is also compliant with EN 13986 verifying its strength and suitability for use in construction and DIY-related projects.

How do you finish birch plywood?

Follow these steps to produce a great finish for birch plywood:

  • Wipe down the birch to ensure any dirt or dust is removed from the material.
  • Using a 220 -grit sandpaper, prepare the surface for application of the finish. Ensure you sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid making any marks or scars.
  • Following the product instructions apply the liquid or spray pre-stain conditioner then leave it to dry completely.
  • Use a sponge to apply the stain, taking a lot of the stain and drawing it in one motion from one end of the birch to the other. Feather the edge if you need to stop to add more stain. Leave to dry.
  • Decide if you need to apply another coat and if so, leave to dry once finished. Then apply the sealer ensure it is compatible with the stain.

How do you seal birch plywood?

To seal birch plywood you can use the following steps:

  • Sand all sides of the birch veneers with an 80-grit sandpaper along the natural grain of the timber. You can also use a higher grit sandpaper (160 is fine) to create an even smoother finish.
  • Wipe away any plywood dust to ensure the surface is clean before the sealant is applied.
  • Use a clean paintbrush to coat the surface, taking care not saturate the timber. Always be sure to follow the instructions as details may vary depending on the brand.
  • You can sand down the surface again to remove any bumps left over from the original sanding before applying a final coat of sealer before leaving it to dry.

How do you cut birch plywood?

Cutting birch plywood is easy to do. Follow these steps:

  • Mark out the cuts using a tape measure and marking knife. The sharper edge of the marking guide will help you create a cleaner cut when placed against the saw blade.
  • Before cutting make sure you are wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes against dust particles. Gloves will also help protect your hands against any splinters from the wood.
  • Use a fine-toothed blade (80 teeth per inch) to a skill or table saw. A fine-cut blade is best for a jigsaw. Cut along the line carefully and to prevent splintering ensure the input cutting edge of the saw is received by the good side and that is exits from the secondary side.
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