Plywood and OSB (Oriented Strand Board) panels are the most common sheathing materials used for wooden crates. If you need a sheathed crate, which one is best for your application?
Here are the options:
For BOTH plywood and OSB, layers are rotated 90 degrees so that the overall panels have strength, stiffness and stability in all directions. Most of the panels used in pallets and crating are industrial grade and similar to that used in the housing industry.
Within the housing industry, plywood and OSB are considered interchangeable. The load ratings are usually based on the panel thickness, rather than materials.
For pallets and crating, plywood and OSB are NOT interchangeable.
Here are some of the factors to consider:
So what do you think? Which material is best for your application?
Post by: John Clarke, Technical Director
Use of OSB Panel by Lionel Allorge and Spruce Plywood by Bystander licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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