Faceglued Blockboard—An Alternative to Plywood?


  • Jim L. Bowyer


Blockboard, lumber core, veneer, low grade lumber, laminated panels, structural panels, strength, dimensional stability, economics


Faceglued blockboard, a European product similar to lumber core plywood (but with no edge gluing of core strips), was evaluated from both technical and economic perspectives as a general purpose structural panel. Blockboard was found to have strength and dimensional properties comparable to other wood-based structural sheet materials, though performance after accelerated aging suggests limits to exterior applications. Economic projections indicate little difference in costs of production between softwood plywood and blockboard.


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