Comparing the strength of solid wood with that of plywood
The solid wood will be stronger than the plywood.
Tyes of Wood
There are basically 3 types of wood used by woodworkers – hardwood, softwood and plywood. Regardless of type, hardwoods and softwoods are solid woods, with pieces cut directly from lumber (felled trees). Plywood on the other hand is engineered wood which is produced by binding many thin layers of wood with glue and pressing them together at high temperatures.
Solid woods are normally favored over plywood because of their appearance. When solid wood is used in building the interiors of houses or for furnishings, it gives the home a lively and warm feeling. Applying varnish or other forms of finish coatings helps to enhance its appearance. Solid woods also do not decay or disintegrate as fast as plywood when exposed to water. However, because of these advantages solid woods are very expensive.
Plywood is very strong because of the way in which it is engineered, even though it may not look as attractive as solid woods. The layers of the plywood can be seen at the sides, in cross-section. They are quite resistant to warping, bending and cracking. Plywood also does not expand and shrink like solid woods when the humidity changes.
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