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Plywood Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Plywood?

Plywood is an engineered wood product typically consisting of three to seven layers of thin sheets of wood veneer that are then glued together. Each veneer is laid with its grain at a right angle to the last (or tighter angles such as 45 degrees in some plywood). This is done to create a product with high dimensional stability that resists splitting and warping.

What Do The Different Plywood Grades Mean?

Plywood is graded A-D (best to worst) for its front face and 1-4 (best to worst) for its back. A1, A2, B1, and B2 are acceptable for applications where both sides will be seen, while A4 or B4 would be fine for projects where the back will not show.

What Are The Different Core Types?

The core is any substrate that has a wood veneer ply on the face and/or back applied to it with an adhesive. There are many different types of cores, including medium-density fiberboard (MDF), veneer core, pro-core and particleboard core.

MDF

Medium Density Fiberboard Core has the most uniform thickness and consistency of any panel core. MDF sheet goods are usually used in interior projects as the core is more susceptible to moisture than other cores. MDF panels should be reinforced if the project requires a lot of weight to be placed on the sheets. MDF takes paint exceptionally well.

Ultralight MDF

Ultralight MDF is a medium density fiberboard that weighs about 30% less than standard MDF. Manufactured in Chile from 100% radiata pine, it features an even density profile and a smooth, flawless surface. MDF is ideal for furniture components, doors, millwork, displays, store fixtures, cabinets, picture frames and more.

Pro-Core (Sometimes Called Combination Core)

Pro-Core uses MDF crossbands and a veneer core interior to deliver an exceptional performance. The MDF face and back offers are great laminating surface, and the veneer core delivers fantastic physical properties at a lighter weight.

Particle Board Core

Particle board core provides the perfect density on the face and back to accept laminates of all kinds, and a core that delivers physical properties to make it a workhorse for many applications. It is the weakest plywood core option (although still denser than solid wood) and does not hold screws as well. PBC is also heavy (a 4×8 panel weights approximately 100 pounds) and swells up when exposed to moisture. It does offer a more uniform texture than veneer core plywood, creating a smooth void-free surface for veneer.

Veneer Core

A Veneer Core is plywood in which all the plies are made of veneers orientated with their plane parallel to the surface of the panel. Veneer Cores are constructed using innerplies typically composed of western softwoods. These core panels are lightweight, dimensionally stable and have excellent screwholding capacity. Typically a 3/4″ panels weighs around 70 lbs.

Types of Cuts

Rotary: The log is centered in the lathe and turned against a knife blade at a slight angle following the log’s annular growth rings, producing a multi-patterned grain veneer. Ideal for: Large surface applications where a broad grain pattern will suffice. Rotary cut sheets are generally less expensive than sliced veneer and can yield whole piece face sheets.

Quarter Slicing: Produces a narrow, striped grain veneer where the growth rings of the log strike the blade at approximately right angles. Some species will create a series of straight stripes, while others’ stripes may be varied in angle and length. Red and white oak produce a pronounced flake pattern when quarter sliced, while mahogany creates a ribbon stripe pattern. Ideal for: Mission-style or other applications requiring a uniform appearance with generous ray flaking. More cost-effective than rift-cutting.

Rift Cut: Produces a rift or comb grain effect similar to that of quarter slicing, but generally is only used with red and white oak. This process minimizes ray flake as the log is cut at an angle of about 15 percent off the quartered position. Ideal for: An application calling for uniform white or red oak appearance without ray flake. Generally higher in cost due to low yields.

Plain Sliced AKA Flat Cut: The most common slicing method that produces a distinct cathedral grain veneer. A half log, or flitch, is mounted so that the veneer is cut along the growth rings, parallel to a line through the center of the log. Ideal for: Any application where an eye-catching pattern is desired at an affordable cost; of the slicing methods, plain slicing is the least expensive.

Examples of Plywood Cores Hardwood Panels

Alder

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 – Alder (Premium)

1/4 – Alder (Rogue) 1 Side

1/2 – Alder (Rogue) 

3/4 – Alder (Premium)

3/4 – Alder (Premium)

3/4 – Alder (Rogue) 2 Side

 

3/4 Alder 2 Side

 

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

 

4X10

 

Plain Sliced Book Matched 1S

Plain Sliced Book Matched 1S

Plain Sliced Book Matched 2S

Plain Sliced Book Matched 2S

Plain Sliced Book Matched 2S

Plain Sliced Book Matched 2S

 

Plain Sliced Book Matched 2S

 

MDF

MDF

MDF

MDF

Pro Core II

Pro Core II

 

MDF

 

A4

Rogue

Rogue

A1

A1

Rogue

 

A1

 

51062

51042

51094

51016

31036

31046

 

71046

 

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim

 

 

Beech

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Beech (Euro Steamed)

1/2 Beech (Euro Steamed)

3/4 Beech (Euro Steamed)

3/4 Beech (Euro Steamed) 2S

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Whole Piece Face

Rotary

Plain Sliced

Whole Piece Face

MDF

MDF

Veneer

MDF

B4

AB

A2

AB

40912

40924

40926

50926

Anaheim

Anaheim

Anaheim

Anaheim/Riverside

 

Baltic Birch

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 (3mm) Baltic Birch

1/4 (6mm) Baltic Birch

3/8 (9mm) Baltic Birch

1/2 (12mm) Baltic Birch

5/8 (15mm) Baltic Birch

3/4 (18mm) Baltic Birch

 

1/4 (6mm) Baltic Birch Lacquered 1 Side

1/2 (12mm) Baltic Birch Lacquered 2 Side

5/8 (15mm) Baltic Birch Lacquered 2 Side

 

1/2 (12mm) Baltic Birch

1/2 (12mm) Baltic Birch Lacquered 2 Side

3/4 (18mm) Baltic Birch

3/4 (18mm) Baltic Birch Lacquered 2 Side

5X5

5X5

5X5

5X5

5X5

5X5

 

5X5

5X5

5X5

 

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

 

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

 

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

Whole Piece Face

3ply

5ply

7ply

9ply

11ply

13ply

 

5ply

9ply

11ply

 

9ply

9ply

13ply

13ply

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

 

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

 

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

BB/BB

36751

36752

36753

36754

36755

36756

 

36742

36746

36745

 

36794

36794UV

36796

36796UV

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Birch

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 Birch (White)

1/4 Birch (White)

1/2 Birch (White) Import

3/4 Birch (Natural)

3/4 Birch (White) Import

3/4 Birch (Natural)

1 Birch (Natural)

 

3/4 Birch (Natural)

 

1/4 Birch (White) Lacquered 1S Import

1/2 Birch (White) Lacquered 2S Import

5/8 Birch (White) Lacquered 2S Import

3/4 Birch (White) Lacquered 1S Import

3/4 Birch (White) Lacquered 2S Import

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

 

4X10

 

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Rotary

 

Rotary

 

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

Pro Core II

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

 

Veneer

 

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

A3

A3

C2

A1

C2

C2

C3

 

C3

 

C4

C2

C2

C2

C2

30411

30412

40414

30436

44444

30416

30418

 

60416

 

31442

41444

41445

41456

41446

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

 

Anaheim

 

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Cedar

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Cedar (Aromatic) 4X8 Plain Sliced Veneer A3 31212 Anaheim & Riverside

 

Cherry

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location 
1/4 Cherry

3/4 Cherry

3/4 Cherry

4X8

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

MDF

MDF

Pro Core II

A3

A1

A1

30172

50746

30746

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Douglas Fir

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
3/4 Douglas Fir (CDX)

5/8 Douglas Fir (CDX)

1/2 Douglas Fir (Marine)

3/4 Douglas Fir (Marine)

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Rotary

Rotary

Rotary

Rotary

Veneer

Veneer

Marine 5ply

Marine 7ply

CDX

CDX

AB

AB

31653

31685

31694

31696

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Meranti/Luan

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 (2.7mm) Meranti/Luan

1/4 (5.2mm) Meranti /Luan

3/8 (9mm) Meranti /Luan (Bending Board)

4X8

4X8

8X4

Rotary

Rotary

Rotary

Veneer

Veneer

Veneer

D/OVL & BTR

D/OVL & BTR

A2

32211

32212

36893

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Mahogany

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 African Mahogany (Khaya)

3/4 African Mahogany (Khaya)

1/4 Sapele (Mahogany)

3/4 Sapele (Mahogany)

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

MDF

Pro Core II

MDF

Pro Core II

A4

A1

A4

A1

38812

30846

35842

35846

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim

 

Maple

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 Maple (White)

1/4 Maple (White)

1/4 Maple (White) 2 Side

1/2 Maple (White)

1/2 Maple (White)

3/4 Maple (Paint Grade)

3/4 Maple (White)

3/4 Maple (White)

3/4 Maple (White)

 

3/4 Maple (White)

 

1/4 Maple (White) Lacquered 1 Side

1/2 Maple (White) Lacquered 2 Side

3/4 Maple (White) Lacquered 1 Side

3/4 Maple (White) Lacquered 2 Side

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

 

4X10

 

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Plain Sliced

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

 

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

 

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

MDF

MDF

MDF

Veneer

MDF

Veneer

Veneer

MDF

Pro Core II

 

MDF

 

MDF

Veneer 7ply

Veneer

Veneer

A3

A3

A1

C2

A1

D3

C2

A1

A1

 

B1

 

C4

CC

C2

C2

30511

30512

50522

30514

50544

30599

30516

50546

30536

 

70576

 

30562

41544

30556

30546

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim

 

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Appleply

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/2 Appleply Lacquered 2 Side (Maple) 4X8 Rotary 9ply CC 36646 Anaheim

 

Pecan/Hickory

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Pecan/Hickory (Calico)

3/4 Pecan/Hickory (Calico)

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

MDF

MDF

A3

A1

53952

53956

Anaheim

Anaheim

 

Poplar

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 (3mm) Italian Poplar (Bending Board) Import 8X4   3ply Veneer AB 33391 Anaheim & Riverside

 

Knotty Pine

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Knotty Pine

3/4 Knotty Pine

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Veneer

Pro Core II

A3

A1

32312

32346

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Red Oak

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/8 Red Oak

1/4 Red Oak

1/4 Red Oak 2 Side

1/2 Red Oak

3/4 Red Oak

3/4 Red Oak

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Whole Piece Face/Rotary

Plain Sliced

Veneer

Veneer

MDF

Veneer

Veneer

Pro Core II

A3

A3

A2

C2

C2

A1

30111

30112

50122

30114

30116

30146

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Teak

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Teak

3/4 Teak

4X8

4X8

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

MDF

Veneer

A4

A1

32712

32746

Anaheim

Anaheim

 

Walnut

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 Walnut

3/4 Walnut

3/4 Walnut

 

3/4 Walnut

4X8

4X8

4X8

 

4X10

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

 

Plain Sliced

MDF

MDF

Pro Core II

 

MDF

A3

A1

A1

 

A1

30612

50646

30646

 

70646

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim

 

White Oak

Thickness & Species Size Cut Core Grade SKU Location
1/4 White Oak (Import)

1/4 White Oak (Import)

1/4 White Oak

1/2 White Oak

3/4 White Oak

3/4 White Oak (Premium)

3/4 White Oak (Import)

3/4 White Oak (Import)

 

3/4 White Oak

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

4X8

 

4X10

Plain Sliced

Rift

Rift

Plain Sliced

Plain Sliced

Rift

Plain Sliced

Rift

 

Rift

MDF

MDF

MDF

MDF

Pro Core II

MDF

Pro Core II

Pro Core II

 

MDF

A3

A1

A3

A1

A1

A1

A1

A1

 

A1

30212

40242

30272

30244

30246

30286

40256

40246

 

70276

Anaheim & Riverside

Riverside

Anaheim

Anaheim

Anaheim & Riverside

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim & Riverside

 

Anaheim

 

About Reel Lumber

Reel Lumber Service is a 4th generation family owned and operated hardwood lumber company established in 1932. We are committed to being the preferred supplier of quality lumber materials to our family of customers in the Southern California community.

In addition to our hardwood and softwood lumber yards we also own and operate Regal Custom Millwork. Regal Mill now provides lumber milling services and custom details to our customers’ specifications, as well as milling and manufacturing lumber and stock mouldings for Reel Lumber Service.

Door to door delivery of hardwood, sheet goods and mouldings are available. With multiple service trucks we’ve got you covered. For large orders there is no fee for delivery.

From a small lumberyard in 1932 stocking 10 species of lumber, Reel Lumber Service has grown to four locations, stocking over 40 domestic and exotic hardwood lumber species. We now offer a full selection of hardwood mouldings, MDF mouldings, plywood and various sheet goods, as well as a number of finishing materials, tools and other woodworking related items. We are a professional lumber distributor and we’d love to be the wood supplier for your current and future projects. Give us a ring at (714) 632-1988 or use the Contact Us form and we’ll gladly supply you with information about products, prices and delivery.

Due to industry trends and availability, items and species are subject to change without notice.

This product can expose you to chemicals including wood dust which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and methanol, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood product can expose you to wood dust. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information, go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov and www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
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