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09-28-2020 09:58 PM

I was looking at plywood for a bottom for a display case I am making. I want .75 plywood and i saw .75 luan I thought luam was .25 material used for doors and underlayment thanks


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#1 posted 09-28-2020 10:23 PM

Haha, this question is kind of like your question on what is white wood. Lauan is basically east asian white wood. Also called meranti. In Jr High our shop teacher had us make projects from “phillipine mahogany”. Since it was cheap and kind of had grain that resembled mahogony.

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#2 posted 09-28-2020 11:34 PM

Luan is in a word (okay two words) “Not Mahogany”
Boatbuilders sometimes refer to it as “Jungle Cedar” which is truly unfair to Cedar.
Seriously it comes in a wide range of qualities. The darker (harder, reder) ones are actually very good and the lighter (softer, whiter) ones generally are very …. not so good.

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#3 posted 09-29-2020 12:01 AM

ok thanks,

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#4 posted 09-29-2020 12:15 AM



Luan is in a word (okay two words) “Not Mahogany”
Boatbuilders sometimes refer to it as “Jungle Cedar” which is truly unfair to Cedar.
Seriously it comes in a wide range of qualities. The darker (harder, reder) ones are actually very good and the lighter (softer, whiter) ones generally are very …. not so good.

- shipwright

Thats funny because I just bought some “Utility Panels” at home depot last week to fix my travel trailer roof. Its made from “hard wood” from Malaysia. Looks like typical lauan ply. But while cutting it and moving it I would get wiffs of what I thought was cedar, even though I know there is no cedar in this plywood. Kind of odd.

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#5 posted 09-29-2020 02:39 AM


Thats funny because I just bought some “Utility Panels” at home depot last week to fix my travel trailer roof. Its made from “hard wood” from Malaysia. Looks like typical lauan ply. But while cutting it and moving it I would get wiffs of what I thought was cedar, even though I know there is no cedar in this plywood. Kind of odd.

- SMP

Who knows what wood pulp they used that day at the factory?? Might have been some cedar. It certainly would not surprise me.

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#6 posted 09-29-2020 04:07 AM

Here is about the clearest description of what it is that I ran across a few years ago:

Lauan plywood (also known as Luan Plywood) is a commercial term used throughout the United States that typically refers to a 1/8” – 1/4” tropical hardwood plywood panel used for underlayment in flooring, lamination, paper overlay, furniture, and millwork applications.

The first Lauan panels were manufactured over 40 years ago in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The hardwood plywood industries in these three countries imported vast quantities of tropical hardwood logs from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The primary species they used was Shorea spp. which was commonly known in the Philippines as “Lauan” – hence the name Lauan Plywood. Shorea spp. is the same species that we know in the United States as Philippine mahogany and more recently as Meranti plywood.

From here: https://www.patriottimber.com/lauan-plywood/

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#7 posted 09-29-2020 04:09 AM

I want to use it or plywood for the bottom of a display case 16” wide and 25” high. The side would be nailed to the edge of the ply is that sufficient or should I look for another way

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#8 posted 09-29-2020 05:13 AM



I want to use it or plywood for the bottom of a display case 16” wide and 25” high. The side would be nailed to the edge of the ply is that sufficient or should I look for another way

- Karda

How thick??

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#9 posted 09-29-2020 05:53 AM

3/4”

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