Structural plywood and structural LVL Workability and Bending Radii

Structural plywood and structural LVL can be sawn, drilled, shaped, nailed, screwed and glued similarly

to solid wood. In addition structural plywood can be moulded and curved. TABLE 4.3 gives bending radii

for various thicknesses of structural plywood. These radii can be further reduced by soaking or steaming

the panel prior to bending


  1. These radii are theoretical values only and have not been verified experimentally
  2. Thicker panels require considerable force and increased fixings to pull and hold the panel in a tight radius.

FIGURE 4.1 shows the orientation of the bent plywood sheet with respect to the face of the sheet.



FIGURE 4.1: Plywood sheet bent in the easy direction (a) and hard direction (b)

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