There are projects that require the use of flexible products, more specifically wood. For example, curved furniture, column coverings, etc.
In this sense, flexible plywood is one of the best options. They offer greater strength than other alternative materials and are very easy to bend.
The dishes. The main difference in relation to a traditional plywood, and what gives flexibility to this type of board, is that the sheets are all glued in the same direction. This doubt leaves in the air that it is an authentic plywood, however this is the name by which this product is generally known.
Another important feature in relation to the sheets is that the thin sheets are used for the inner layers.
Woods. Light wood is used for its manufacture, which presents great flexibility, without implying the loss of other characteristics. Some of these woods are ceiba or fromager, paulownia, calabó or even birch.
You can also find flexible plywood whose external faces use natural decorative veneers from other woods, for example, oak.
Measurements and thicknesses. It is sold in several formats or plate sizes, the most common being the industry standard of 244 × 122 centimeters.
The difference is that it can also be purchased in the opposite direction of the grain, that is, in 122 × 244 centimeters. The reason for this is that the board does not curve the same way in all directions, and the job function may interest a longer or shorter curve.
Large thicknesses are not so frequent. The most common are 5, 7 or 9 millimeters.
Him Bend radius what can be achieved depends directly on the thickness of the plate. The thinner the thickness, the steeper the curve can be.
Uses of flexible plywood
Its use is more decorative than structural. Flexible plywood boards are ideal for lining walls with curves or columns, making curved furniture, molds, models, toys, etc. That is, uses where it is not possible to use traditional planks or wood, without requiring a great effort.
The demand for flexible panels for the manufacture of stands at fairs, counters and other commercial furniture stands out.
Although this type of plywood is especially suitable for the manufacture of curved elements or without edges, it is possible to use another (traditional) plywood to create this type of products. However, the process is more expensive and involves the use of heat and pressure. For which the use of specific machinery may be necessary. Which can make work more expensive and delayed.