Wood-based sheet materials

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Sheet materials are manufactured from solid timber and/or from recycled timber with the addition of an adhesive. The most commonly used sheet materials are plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) particleboard (chipboard) and fibreboard (MDF - medium density fibreboard).

These materials are widely used in construction, with different grades for different uses, and using the right product for the job is essential.

This Choose and Use sheet describes some of the more commonly used types of wood-based sheet materials and tabularises the conditions of use, applications and related standards of each product.


  • Making the right choice
  • Types of wood-based sheet materials
  • Oriented strand board
  • Particleboard
  • Plywood
  • Plywood used in formwork
  • Structural plywood
  • Marine plywood (Certified to BS 1088)
  • Medium density fibreboard
  • Hardboard
  • Blackboard and laminboard
  • Storing
  • Fixings

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