Saturday, February 15, 2014

Using Ammonia to Bend Plywood

Using Ammonia to Bend  Plywood : (with video)

 Here are some tips.

 Step 1:
 First step to bending Plywood with Ammonia, is to "Paint" or "Coat" the plywood on both sides. Do not soak, but just paint or dampen with the ammonia. When you have completed one side, turn the plywood over and complete on the other side. Then turn over, for another layer and then repeat about 2 more times to ensure the plywood is now bendable.

 Step 2:

 Once you have dampened or "Coated" the Plywood with the Ammonia mixture, right away begin to bend the plywood into the desired form and use a clamp, jibs, or tape to secure the shape, and hold it until it dries. The plywood will become bendable within 1 or 2 minutes of applying Ammonia.

 Step 3:

 The plywood will go slightly off colour, (green) while the ammonia is being applied to the board. Once the plywood returns to the natural colour, after the ammonia has taken to the plywood, it will regain the natural strength that it had before.

 Step 4:

 Remove clamps/tape/jibs and now your work is complete the ammonia has allowed you to bend the plywood in a relatively easy fashion. This type is also called the frankentrick.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Staining Luan Plywood

Staining Luan Plywood Video Series




Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More

Luan is made from trees of the Shorea family, they are light weight and capable of absorbing moisture like a sponge. If you use Luan backed birch veneer plywood you run the likelihood that the back side will absorb more moisture than the veneered side causing the panels to buckle between adhesive points. Luan veneered plywood does have one quality that makes it viable for some projects and that is it’s appearance, which can mimic other high quality woods, with the proper staining and paiting. 


Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood






Thursday, September 5, 2013

Waterproofing Your Basement Subfloor (with Luan)

Waterproofing Your Basement Subfloor (with Luan)



Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood

Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More

Luan is made from trees of the Shorea family, they are light weight and capable of absorbing moisture like a sponge. If you use Luan backed birch veneer plywood you run the likelihood that the back side will absorb more moisture than the veneered side causing the panels to buckle between adhesive points. Luan veneered plywood does have one quality that makes it viable for some projects and that is it’s appearance, which can mimic other high quality woods, with the proper staining and paiting. 

How to install Dry Core Basement Subfloor (Luan)

How to install Dry Core Basement Subfloor (Luan)






Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood

Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More

Luan is made from trees of the Shorea family, they are light weight and capable of absorbing moisture like a sponge. If you use Luan backed birch veneer plywood you run the likelihood that the back side will absorb more moisture than the veneered side causing the panels to buckle between adhesive points. Luan veneered plywood does have one quality that makes it viable for some projects and that is it’s appearance, which can mimic other high quality woods, with the proper staining and paiting. 

How To Install A Solid Hardwood Floor Over Luan

How To Install A Solid Hardwood Floor Over Luan






Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood

Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More

Luan is made from trees of the Shorea family, they are light weight and capable of absorbing moisture like a sponge. If you use Luan backed birch veneer plywood you run the likelihood that the back side will absorb more moisture than the veneered side causing the panels to buckle between adhesive points. Luan veneered plywood does have one quality that makes it viable for some projects and that is it’s appearance, which can mimic other high quality woods, with the proper staining and paiting. 

How to Install Surface Source Floating Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Luan

How to Install Surface Source Floating Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Luan




Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood

Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More


How to Install a Glue-Down Engineered Hardwood Floor Over Luan

How to Install a Glue-Down Engineered Hardwood Floor Over Luan



Luan Plywood - Information 
Working With Plywood

Signboard is a  product that designed for exterior use, it works well inside the home in areas that need to be smooth and hold up well to moisture. This product resists inclement weather areas well. It is often used for exterior signs and sub-board underneath laminates for countertops. It is recommended to apply an exterior grade primer and paint to this product if using in an exterior application. Primer and paint adhere nicely to the paper face. When applied with exterior grade primer and paint, this product holds up much better than regular plywood  Read More 

MDF Plywood Veneer : Informational (Luan)

What is MDF Plywood Veneer? Well I'll give you a some background of it's background here. MDF Plywood Veneer is actually an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a specially engineered product which is created when hardwood or softwood is broken down into fibers and then combined with wax in a resin. This then forms panels (plywood) by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF Plywood is actually denser than regular plywood, but can be used in the same applications or those that might call for greater strenght than run of the mill plywood.  Read More