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Oak Plywood

Oak Plywood: Oak veneer
  • 4mm-50mm thick (composites up to 100mm)
  • Stock thickness: 18mm/19mm (oak faced birch)
  • Stock size: 2440x1220mm
  • Also from stock with lacquered faces
  • To special order in bespoke size up to max 4800x1530mm or 3100x2130mm (oak faced) and 3100x1250mm (oak throughout)
  • All items supplied uncoated or prefinished with lacquer, oil or special finishes to special order


This product can be used in a variety of different ways and is suitable for many applications. It is commonly requested for its hard-wearing surface layer veneer (e.g. for flooring applications), or due to its high strength & rigidity (e.g. musical instruments). It is also regularly used in the manufacture of decorative furniture, where the core is to be seen, or even accentuated, and the desire is to have an edge with the uniform colour of European oak throughout the panel.

This wood is also available as oak fineline plywood

*** Clearance Items ***

The following items are available subject unsold - collected or plus packaging & freight (all prices plus VAT)

Birch Plywood - Premier Architectural quartered European oak both sides (moisture-resistant):

  • 12mm 2400x1200mm
    • 7 sheets @ £130 each
      • or £600 to clear

In detail

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

Oak throughout plywood

Oak Plywood: European oak throughout plywood

European Oak throughout plywood is a very strong and stable alternative to panels manufactured from edge-glued oak lumber strips, while offering a face and core of rotary peeled European oak.

Plywood of this type is generally produced using minimum 1.66mm rotary peeled oak face veneers on a core of 1.66mm & 2.5mm rotary peeled oak veneers, all of which are sourced from European forests. Oak throughout plywood can be manufactured to your exact specification if required, e.g. 2.5mm face veneers or a non-standard core layup of uniform 2.5mm veneers throughout the core and face could be accomodated is this were what suited your exact needs.

All these choices are available in the form of oak throughout plywood, or as 'oak combi plywood' or 'oak twin plywood' (see Oak Faced Plywood below).

Oak faced plywood

Oak Plywood: European oak faced plywood - on fir core

Hard-wearing faces of minimum 1.66mm rotary peeled European oak veneer can be bonded onto a core made up of alternating layers of oak and another specie (called 'combi plywood') or with just the faces in oak and the core made entirely of another wood (called 'twin plywood').

Typically, oak combi plywood and oak twin plywood are based upon cores of silver fir plywood, beech plywood, maple plywood or poplar plywood. The reasons for choosing a particular arrangement may be manyfold, but such combinations are regularly chosen to reduce the weight of the overall panel, to reduce the cost, or to offer a contrasting coloured edge as a decorative feature.

Unidirectional oak plywood (oak drawerside plywood)

Oak Plywood: Unidirectional European oak drawerside plywood

Unidirectional European oak plywood has a core that is arranged with all the veneers lying in one direction, rather than the usual layup of each veneer being at right angles to the one above/below it.

This arrangement offers increased strength/stiffness in the direction of the grain, and more flexibility in the other, allowing the panel to bend across the grain as the stiffness in this direction is reduced. It is often used for aesthetic purposes, for instance if the edge of the panel is to be seen and end grain of every other core veneer would be detrimental to the overall effect, or to avoid cross-grain tearout where deep grooves are to be run into the surface.

Generally, the core veneer immediate beneath the face is bonded at right angles to all others, as this has been found to offer increased stability across the face and therefore to reduce the incidence of splitting on the face veneer due to the increased flexibility of the panel across the grain, although the mill can lay all the veneers in the same direction if specifically instructed.

This type of product is regularly employed for applications such as oak drawerside plywood, oak skirtings, decorative face carvings, and other similar uses.


Core qualities:

Oak throughout plywood has core veneers that are 'closed', i.e. no open defects are allowed in the core, while oak combi plywood & oak twin plywood is available with closed core veneers, or standard core veneers (allowing some knotholes and open defects in the core, in a similar way to birch plywood).

The high face quality is maintained whether 'closed core' or 'standard core' construction is requested - the choice only affects the core of the plywood itself.

Technical details

  • Thickness:
    • 4-60mm - thicker plywood by arrangement
  • Standard sizes:
    • 2440x1220mm, 3050x1220mm, 3050x1525mm
  • Special sizes:
    • Other sizes available, subject to agreement up to maximum 4800x1530mm or 3100x2100mm (oak faced) and 3100x1250mm (oak throughout)
  • Tolerances:
    • Length/width: up to 1m @ ±1mm, up to 2m @ ±2mm , 2m & above @ ±3mm
    • Thickness: +0.2mm, -0.5mm
    • (Others by arrangement)
  • Face grades:
  • Specification:
    • EN 636-2 - Covered exterior & high moisture content interior usage
    • EN 636-3 - Fully exterior usage
  • Other features:
    • No open defects throughout the core (closed core)
    • Available with unidirectional veneers (oak drawerside plywood)
    • Can be supplied as 100% oak throughout plywood, or with a core to any required mix of other species