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Lightweight Poplar Plywood

Lightweight Plywood: Grade I (AB) poplar veneer
  • 3mm-60mm thick (composites up to 100mm)
  • Light in weight (typical 380-420kg/m³)
  • Stock thickness: 3mm-25mm
  • Stock panel sizes: 2440x1220mm & 3050x1220mm
  • Special sizes up to 5200mm long and 2130mm wide
  • Available with glueline suitable for laser cutting, and CARB/NAF (no added urea-formaldehyde)
  • Various face veneers & surface finish options
  • Can be supplied raw or precoated with lacquer, oil or special finishes


A lightweight plywood manufactured from black poplar (populus nigra) that is often grown in rotation with arable crops, offering a panel that is stable and very strong, but with the added benefit of being extremely lightweight.

Plywoods of this type are used by manufacturers of caravans, RVs and other vehicles, doors, toys, boats & yachts, decorative panels, furniture & joinery, and packaging, shopfitters & exhibition/display companies, where its light weight and/or light-coloured, clean faces are a benefit.

Because lightweight poplar plywood is approximately 40-45% lower in density than the more commonly-known utility plywoods such as birch plywood, it is used wherever a lightweight panel solution is desirable at a competitive cost.

In detail

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

Lightweight poplar throughout plywood

Lightweight Plywood: Poplar Plywood

The use of poplar veneer throughout the construction of this plywood results in a stable & strong panel that is extremely light in weight with a clean, creamy-white face and core. Poplar plywood is regularly used where a clean-faced, consistent, lightweight panel is required. It is also available in large size & thickness.

Lightweight poplar plywood is used in the manufacture of decorative panel products, for instance laminated & veneered plywoods. It is the perfect material for such applications as it offers a strong & stable panel with a uniform, reliable surface that is highly suitable for overlaying.

Lightweight poplar core plywood

Lightweight Plywood: Ceiba Faced Poplar Plywood

While the low density of lightweight poplar plywood is often viewed as an advantage on its own, other face options can be supplied to offer improved performance for specific end-uses. Poplar plywood faced with exotic veneers, MDF and chipboard are examples of this type of composite product.

Exotic veneers & MDF are often used for overlaying with very thin decorative coverings - avoiding the risk of any grain telegraphing through them - and to achieve a superior painted finish, while MDF & chipboard faced poplar plywoods are used when overlaying thin surface coverings such as melamine papers.

Unidirectional poplar drawerside plywood

Poplar plywood can be supplied with all the veneers making up the core laid with their grain in the same general direction. This construction can be engineered to allow easier bending across the grain, or to give a more uniform colour & pattern to the edge - avoiding end-grain showing along the edge of the panel. This construction is often called 'poplar drawerside plywood'. Typically the layer directly below the face veneer is crossbanded at 90 degrees to minimise the risk of small splits & cracks appearing on the face due to movements caused by varying moisture conditions.

Face options

  • Poplar veneer - EN 635-2 Class I (AB)

    Lightweight Plywood: Grade I (AB) poplar veneer

    Faces that may remain visible - ideal for any type of finishing, i.e. clear coatings such as varnishes & lacquer, or pigmented finishes such as paints & laminates.

    May contain a few pin knots or healthy & live knots without cracks, small, well-done putty repair work that blends well with the rest of the surface, and very light discolouration

  • Poplar veneer - EN 635-2 Class II (B)

    Lightweight Plywood: Grade II (B) poplar veneer

    Natural face with colour variations and healthy knots, suitable for coating with laminates, paints or varnishes.

    May contain healthy, live knots up to 35mm diameter and small knotholes or cracks, so long as good repairs have been made.

    May also contain light discolouration and some limited glue stains and good repairs

  • Poplar veneer - EN 635-2 Class III (BB)

    Lightweight Plywood: Grade III (BB) poplar veneer

    Commercial face with putty work performed - ideal for non-visible uses and overlaying with laminates and veneers.

    May contain healthy knots up to 50mm diameter, small loose knots, cracks, bark and overlapping.

    May also include natural discolouration, glue stains, repairs and any form of putty work and repairs.

  • Poplar veneer - EN 635-2 Class IV (C)

    Lightweight Plywood: Grade IV (C) poplar veneer

    Plywood face designed for packaging and similar uses.

    May contain all the natural wood characteristics and various processing defects, provided these do not compromise the functions of the plywood. (NB: The presence of fungi and metal parts is not allowed)

  • Ilomba/Otie veneer- EN 635-2 Class I (B) & II (BB)

    Lightweight Plywood: Ilomba veneer face

    Standard sizes: 2500x1220mm, 3100x1530mm

    Ilomba is specified when covering with very thin papers & foils that require a very exacting and high surface quality, as it has improved resistance to surface impact or bruising of the fibres. It is often used in more industrial applications, e.g. where a lightweight plywood product with a hard surface is required.

  • Okoume/Gaboon veneer- EN 635-2 Class I (B) & II (BB)

    Lightweight Plywood: Okoume veneer face

    Standard sizes: 2500x1220mm

    Often called 'gaboon' in the UK, okoume is a pinky red veneer offering a surface that takes a primer or paint covering well.

    This veneer is typically used for the faces of plywoods that are required for use in exterior applications and/or where an excellent paint finish is vital.

  • MDF

    Lightweight Plywood: MDF face

    Standard sizes: 2520/3120/3700x1870mm

    3mm thick MDF faces offer the uniformity of MDF surfaces, while still retaining all of the advantages of a lightweight plywood construction.

    This composite product is often used where melamine papers and other coverings are to be bonded to the surfaces of plywood because it avoids the problems regularly experienced with blowout due to variable amounts of moisture held in the face veneers of plywood.


Standard sizes - lightweight poplar plywood

Poplar throughout plywood

Standard panel sizes:

2440/2500x1220mm, 2500/3100x1530mm, 2500x1700mm, 2520x1250/1850mm, 2520x1870mm 1870x2520/3120/3700mm (Maximum size possible = 1870x5150mm)

(Maximum size possible = 1870x5150mm)

Standard thicknesses & typical weights:

  • 3mm =1.3 kg/m2
  • 4mm =1.8 kg/m2
  • 5mm =2.2 kg/m2
  • 6mm =2.7 kg/m2
  • 8mm =3.6 kg/m2
  • 9mm =4.0 kg/m2
  • 10mm =4.5 kg/m2
  • 12mm =5.4 kg/m2
  • 14mm =6.3 kg/m2
  • 15mm =6.7 kg/m2
  • 16mm =7.2 kg/m2
  • 17mm =7.6 kg/m2
  • 18mm =8.1 kg/m2
  • 19mm =8.5 kg/m2
  • 20mm =9.0 kg/m2
  • 22mm =9.9 kg/m2
  • 25mm =11.2 kg/m2
  • 28mm =12.6 kg/m2
  • 30mm =13.5 kg/m2
  • 35mm =15.7 kg/m2
  • 38mm =17.1 kg/m2
  • 40mm =18.0 kg/m2
  • 45mm =20.2 kg/m2
  • 50mm =22.5 kg/m2
  • 55mm =24.7 kg/m2
  • 60mm =27.0 kg/m2

Technical Details

  • Thickness:
    • Ranges from 3mm to 60mm (standard thicknesses listed below - others by arrangement
  • Standard sizes:
    • Dependent upon surface, as detailed above
  • Special sizes:
    • Any size can be considered, up to maximum overall dimension 5150x1850mm or 3660x2120mm
  • Tolerances:
    • As per EN 315 (other tolerances by arrangement)
  • Face grades:
    • To EN 635-2
  • Specification:
    • EN 636-1 - Interior & moisture resistant usage
    • EN 636-2 - Covered exterior usage
    • EN 636-3 - Fully exterior usage
  • Bonding Quality:
    • EN 314-2 Class 1 - Interior & low moisture conditions
    • EN 314-2 Class 2 - Humid conditions
    • EN 314-2 Class 3 - High moisture resistance
    • Often available from stock to CARB 93120 Phase II NAUF/ULEF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde/Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde)

Special thicknesses available as composites