Trying to figure out the differences between plywood can be confusing. Use the information below to help plan the materials for your next project.
Trying to figure out the differences between plywood can be confusing enough. But, deciding which reconstituted wood product (like OSB, MDF and particleboard) to use can be a nightmare if you are not familiar with them. Use the information below to help plan the materials for your next project. Reconstituted woods products are made by mixing leftover wood parts with glue or resin at high heat and pressure. Since they do not have a grain pattern, they do not bow or warp like traditional plywood. NOTE: Some items and sizes may not be stocked in stores but are available via special order.
MDF is a waste-wood product that is made with fine wood fiber.
Particleboard is a waste-wood product that is made by mixing sawdust with adhesives. Although it will not bow or warp like plywood, it can swell and become unstable when exposed to water.
OSB is an engineered wood product that is made with flakes or large chips of wood. The panels are formed from layers glued together with their strands at ninety-degree angles to one another. The cross orientation of the layers adds strength to the panels and makes OSB well-suited for use as a structure board.