How To Order Custom Plywood

When you combine all the plywood specifications GL Veneer can meet, the permutations result in over 100,000 available Custom Plywood products. But don’t worry — getting exactly what you want isn’t hard. It just takes a couple of minutes to think through the parameters your job calls for. And we’re happy to walk you through it.

First, some quick background.

In manufacturing laminated Custom Plywood, we call the panels “sandwiches” — each requiring a “Face” | “Core” | “Back” configuration. The “Face” is the front or A-Side surface of your panel. The “Core” is the raw, substrate panel. And the “Back” or B-Side – the second “piece of bread” in the sandwich – which also needs to be laminated to ensure the integrity and balance of your plywood, whether it’s laminated with the same grade wood veneer as the Face (for projects in which both sides will be visible), a lower grade of the same wood veneer as the Face, or a nondescript, “mill option” sheet for one-sided pieces like wall panels.

With that basic understanding, here’s a working list of the specs we’ll help you consider:

Face Species

The wood veneer sheet that’s laminated to the core to create the “A Side” of your Custom Plywood.

  • Species
  • Grain – Birdseye, Block Mottle, Brookside, Burl, Clear, Curly, Echowood, Figured, Flaky, Linea, Pommele, Quilted, Reconstituted, Rustic, Swirl, Veritcal, Wormy
  • Cut – Crotch, Paint Grade, Plain Sliced (PS), Plank, Quarter Cut (QTR), Rift, Rotary, Whole Piece
  • Grade – A, B, 3mm
  • Matching – Book Matched, Slip Match, Plank Match
  • Sequencing – Side-Match, End-Match
  • Veneer Backer – Not be confused with the back of the plywood, a thin backing on the veneer sheet itself … 10mm, 20mm, 2-ply (Wood on Wood), PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive)

Plywood Core

The raw substrate material your wood veneer sheets are laminated on to create your finished Custom Plywood.

  • Type – MDF, Particle Board, Veneer Core, Combination Core
  • Size (Standard) – 4’x8’, 4’x10’, 4’x12’ … 5’x8’, 5’x10’, 5’x12’
  • Size (Custom) – Any cut-to-size dimensions
  • Thickness – ¾”, ⅝”, ½”, 1 ⅛”, ⅜”, 5/16”, ¼”, ⅛”, Custom

Back Species

The veneer sheet that’s laminated to the “B Side,” whether it will be seen in your finished product, like kitchen cabinets (two-sided), or not, like wall panels (one-sided).

  • Two-Sided (Match) – The exact same wood veneer sheet specs as the Face (A-Side)
  • Two-Sided (Budget) – Same wood veneer species as the Face (A-Side), but lower grade/cost
  • One-Sided – #3 grade mill option backing material
  • Unique Spec – Different wood veneer sheet specs from Face (A-Side)

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