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US Plywood and OSB in Non-Construction Applications

US plywood and OSB are equally effective as sturdy, robust and cost-effective solutions  for non-construction applications – from shelving, site hoardings , protective linings in the cargo bay of delivery vehicles to packaging and furniture.

While European standards can be referred to for some end uses, you can determine your own requirements, based on the panel’s end use by referring to the APA guides below.

APA’s Performance Panels  demonstrates how they offer increased value, better ability, and long-term performance in a host of industrial applications.  Download the free overview on attributes and end uses in English or Spanish

Need help to decide what grade or type of panel to use for a specific application? APA’s Industrial Panel Selection Guide (Form T200) is another easy to use resource. Or refer to:

If you want to ask one of APA’s engineered wood specialists, email or call  their Help Desk on 001 253 620 7400.   Ask about:

  • Appropriate appearance/surface quality
  • Strength and stiffness needed to resist any applied loads
  • The use of an adhesive to match the end-use environmental conditions
  • Ease of workmanship
  • Appropriate service life
  • The need to be cost effective.
Non-construction use Panel type1 Important design considerations
Boxes, packing cases (crates)

Plywood

OSB

Strength & Stiffness

Fastener holding

Impact resistance

Moisture resistance

Agricultural containers such as potato boxes Plywood

Strength & stiffness

Fastener holding

Impact performance

Moisture resistance

Durability Stacking height2

Pallets

–       Solid deck pallets

–       Plywood slave pallets3

Plywood

OSB

Strength & stiffness

Racking resistance

Fastener holding

Impact resistance

Moisture resistance

Durability

Notes

1   Where packaging needs to carry engineering load panels manufactured for structural use are required.

2   The number of boxes which can be stacked on top of one another when fully loaded. This is often an issue for the design of the finished product rather than the individual components  from which it is box is manufactured.

3  Optional edge protection may need to be considered

Perimeter hoarding

Plywood

OSB

Appearance/surface quality

Strength & stiffness (wind loading)

Fastener holding

Moisture resistance

Ability to take a paint finish

Potential for re-use

Kitchen units Plywood

Appearance/surface quality

Strength & stiffness

Moisture resistance

Screw holding

Storage units/lockers Plywood

Appearance/surface quality

Strength & stiffness

Moisture resistance

Ability to take adhesives

Screw holding

Kitchen worktops Plywood

Surface quality

Strength & stiffness

Impact resistance

Moisture resistance

Dimensional stability

Upholstered furniture framing

Plywood

OSB

Strength & stiffness

Screw holding

Ability to take adhesives

Dimensional stability

Storage shelving Plywood

  • Group 1 sanded e.g.
    • Grade  B-D, Exposure 1
    • Grade B-C Exterior
    • A-D Exposure 1
    • A-C Exterior
  • Rated Sturd-I-Floor
  • Unsanded Rated Sheathing
  • Medium Density Overlay (MDO)
  • High Density Overlay4 (HDO)

OSB

  • Unsanded Rated Sheathing

Strength & stiffness

Panel thickness

Panel deflection to load

Support centres

Durability

Optional edge protection

Notes:

4   Advisable for surfaces that need frequent cleaning

Dry linings5

Plywood

Overlaid plywood6

Strength Durability

Smoothness of face

Wet linings

Plywood (preservative treated)

[Recommend APA Series V-6117 exterior panels]

Strength & stiffness

Durability

Smoothness/surface quality

Notes:

5   Linings are ordinarily subjected to extremely rough usage so many factors govern material selection

6  Plywood overlaid with metal or fibreglass-reinforced plastic (FRP)

7  All veneer plywood manufactured to Product Standard PS1 suitable for preservative treatment

Additional APA publications:

Packaging & industrial shelving:  Industrial Use Guide – Material Handling (Form No. M200A)

Pallets: Engineered Wood Pallets – A Solid Value (Form No. T200)  and  Industrial Use Guide – Plywood pallets in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (Form No. S225)Furniture: Upholstered Furniture Frames (Form B625)

Truck/van linings for cargo bays: Transport Equipment (Form No. G210)

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All Questions OSBPlywood

What is a ‘life cycle stage’ and how do these link to the environmental assessment of whole buildings?

How do core category rules link with environmental product declarations?

Whose responsibility is it to check that wood products being imported into the EU do not originate from illegally sourced timber supplies?

Does the EUTR require mills to provide any extra documentation for customs entry into the European Union?

Must all plywood and OSB panels carry a CE marking?

What is the definition of a construction product under the CPR?

What is a Declaration of Performance referred to under the Construction Products Regulation?

What is the difference between Structural 1 and Exposure 1?

Does structural panel siding have shear values?

What are mould and mildew, and do they compromise the integrity of engineered wood?

The CE-mark on an APA plywood panel means it conforms to European Standards – but which ones?

I want to use a Rated Sheathing panel for flooring/ roofing application, what info do I need to know?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What extra strength benefits do Structural 1 OSB panels provide over standard Rated Sheathing panels?

Do APA panels give off formaldehyde?

Plywood: Formaldehyde
OSB: Formaldehyde

What is the difference between a touch-sanded panel and sanded panel?

I’d like to know how APA veneer grades match those given in the European standards

How do I correctly gauge the face appearance a plywood Siding panel?

I want to specify an APA panel for concrete formwork – what do I need to know?

Are APA panels tongue and grooved on all four edges?

I am not familiar with the term ‘Sized for Spacing’ – what is its significance?

How are Performance Category and thickness related?

I’d like to know more about a panel’s Span Rating and how it links to thickness.

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is Span Rating on the APA trademark and why is it important?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is the difference between Exposure 1 and Exterior plywood panels? What are their appropriate uses?

What are the main OSB panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main plywood panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for OSB panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986 and EN 300

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for plywood panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986, EN 636, EN 314, EN 635-3