Tips and Instructions for Working with Wisa Plywood

Tips and Instructions for Working with Wisa Plywood

Tips and Instructions for Working with Wisa Plywood

WISA Plywood makes a range of high-quality wood panels for different applications. Here are some tips and tricks for working with WISA Plywood, whether you’re a craftsman, DIY enthusiast, or involved in construction or woodworking projects.

There’s more to plywood than just plywood. WISA Plywood originates from two wood species, Birch a hardwood and Spruce a softwood. They have different grades, thicknesses, and coatings. For interior design and concrete forming, Birch plywood is ideal, while Spruce plywood is ideal for structural applications, such as floors, walls, and roofs. 

Choose the plywood type that is the right one for your project. Universal Plywoods’ agents are well-versed in plywood characteristics and the warehouses offer a wide selection of WISA Plywood. However, rest assured that any WISA plywood you choose will perform well, so you don’t have to buy anything extra. The appearance of a surface does not matter if it will be covered. In the same way, don’t buy extra thick plywood panels just to be on the safe side. With WISA plywood, you can be confident that the product will accomplish what is expected. 

When cutting plywood, use sharp and proper tools. Circular saws, jigsaws, or table saws with fine-toothed blades work well for clean cuts. Apply masking tape along the cutting line to reduce splintering and cut with the face side up to minimise splintering on the smooth side of the plywood.

Make sure the holes are predrilled to prevent splitting, especially near plywood edges. To ensure a strong hold, use screws designed for plywood.

Before applying finishes or paint, sand the edges and surfaces smooth for better adhesion. Ensure the colour is what you want by staining an inconspicuous area.

Bond plywood with a high-quality adhesive. Glue both surfaces evenly and clamp them together firmly until the glue has dried.

There is a risk of delamination of plywood’s edges since they are porous and can absorb moisture (depending on the plywood you have chosen). Sealing the edges with a sealant, edge banding, or wood filler might be necessary. If painting and varnishing, apply a suitable primer before painting to ensure a smooth and even finish. Sand between coats to achieve a professional finish.

Safety is another aspect to consider so wear goggles and gloves. Please!

Depending on your project, WISA Plywoods offers many easy installation solutions. Especially for flooring. Lightweight panels are tongued and grooved on all four sides making installation easy and effortless. Panels measure 2400 mm x 600 mm in 18 mm or 22 mm thicknesses – ideal to install in all joisted or floating floor applications.

So, the next time you consider a project, just know that Universal Plywoods is on your doorstep with warehouses in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban and Ballito. Happy construction and creativity!

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