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Flexible Plywood

Flexible Plywood: 'Bendy Plywood' or 'Flexiply'
  • 3mm-16mm thick
  • Light in weight (average 450kg/m³)
  • Stock thickness: 5mm-16mm
  • Stock size: 3120x1850mm/1850x3120mm, 2500x1220mm/1220x2500mm
  • 5mm can be bent to 50mm radius under certain conditions

Overview

Often called 'bendy plywood' or 'flexiply', flexible plywood is used extensively in furniture and shopfitting, wherever curves are desirable, thus demanding a panel that is extremely flexible.

Plywood such as this is available in two main types; a plywood whose manufacturing process allows it to bend more than would be expected for a given thickness, i.e. a true flexible plywood, or a plywood that will bend because it is a high quality, very thin plywood such as thin birch.

Available in both long grain ('column wrap') and cross grain ('barrel wrap') orientation, a wide range of finished thicknesses can be created by bonding more than one sheet of bendy plywood together.

Because it does not require any special equipment or prior experience, the use of flexible plywood in any curved project helps reduces the cost in labour and material to a minimum.

Direction of flexibility

In detail

Winwood Products is a flexible plywood supplier offering the following configurations/options:

Flexible Plywood - 'Bendy Plywood'

True flexible plywood is manufactured from specially treated veneers, usually with a thinner central core veneer and two thicker 'tenderized' outer veneers. The special construction of particular species of veneers gives an unusually large degree of flexibility and offers a most cost-effective way of producing rounded columns and other curved structures of very small radius in rounded or S-shaped structures without water or the need for heat-forming.

Bendy plywood is more convenient and much lower in cost than premade wooden forms, as this flexible plywood will hold its shape once it is glued, laminated or veneered. This ability offers significant time savings, as curves & circular designs can be produced using flexible plywood without the need for a structural skeleton or special support.

  • Stock items:
    • 5mm 3050x1800mm / 1830x3100mm
    • 7mm 2500x1220mm / 1220x2500mm
    • 8mm 3120x1880mm / 1830x3120mm
    • 12mm 3120x1850mm / 1850x3120mm
    • 16mm 1850x3120mm

Information

Technical details:

  • Thickness:
    • 3mm, 5mm, 8mm, 12mm, 16mm (others by agreement)
  • Standard sizes:
    • 2500x1220mm column wrap
      (column = 2500mm high x 1220mm arc length)
    • 3120x1850mm column wrap
      (column = 3120mm high x 1850mm arc length)
    • 1220x2500mm barrel wrap
      (barrel = 1220mm high x 2500mm arc length)
    • 1850x3120mm barrel wrap
      (barrel = 1850mm high x 3120mm arc length)
    • Other sizes by agreement
  • Face grades:
    • II/II, II/III
  • Hazard Class:
    • EN 636-1 - Interior/moisture resistant usage
    • EN 636-2 - Covered exterior usage
  • Specification:
    • EN 314-2 Class 1 - Interior & low moisture conditions
    • EN 314-2 Class 2 - Humid conditions
    • EN 314-2 Class 3 - Fully exterior applications

Approximate weights of flexible plywood:

  • 3mm =1.3 kg/m
  • 5mm =2.2 kg/m
  • 7mm =3.2 kg/m
  • 8mm =3.6 kg/m
  • 12mm =5.4 kg/m
  • 16mm =7.2 kg/m