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US Plywood and OSB in Non-Construction Applications

US plywood and OSB structural panels provide better value, greater durability and  long-term performance in many non-construction applications.  These range from upholstered furniture, to shelving, site hoardings, protective cargo linings and packaging.

Technical Guides to Specifying APA Performance Panels

APA ‘s technical guides help you decide which panel grade you need, based on the panel’s end use. 

  • ‘Performance Panels’  publication is available in English or Spanish. It explains their value, better ability, and long-term performance in a host of industrial applications. See also APA’s dedicated performance panel web resource.
  • Download the complete Industrial Panel Selection Guide complete with its four worksheets, to help you  decide which grade or type of panel to use.  You simply work out the right panel by building up an Industrial Category Index that fits your specific application. And here’s a quick guide.

If you know your application, select it below and use the tables to identify the right panel:

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 PS1-19 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).