Phillips Cooper

February 12, 2024

What is FramePly?

FramePly is a specific type of plywood designed specifically for framing applications. It typically features:

  • A core construction: This core can be made from various materials, including softwood veneers, hardwood veneers like eucalyptus, or even a combination of both. This construction provides stability and prevents warping.
  • Exterior-grade glue: This ensures the plywood can withstand moisture and humidity, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor projects.
  • Variety of thicknesses and panel sizes: FramePly comes in various thicknesses and panel sizes to cater to different project requirements. Common options include 4' x 8' panels with thicknesses ranging from 1/2 inch to 1 inch.

Benefits of Using FramePly

FramePly offers several advantages over traditional plywood for framing projects:

  • Cost-effective: Compared to solid wood or higher-grade plywood, FramePly offers significant cost savings, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious projects.
  • Stiffness and strength: Its unique construction makes FramePly highly resistant to bending and warping, ensuring strong and stable frames.
  • Consistent quality: Manufacturers prioritize consistency in core construction and veneer quality, minimizing gaps and voids within the plywood.
  • Easy to work with: FramePly cuts, sands, and finishes smoothly, making it a user-friendly choice for both experienced builders and DIYers.

Applications of FramePly

The versatility of FramePly extends beyond traditional framing applications. Here are some ways you can utilize FramePly in your projects:

  • Furniture frames: Create strong and stable frames for sofas, chairs, tables, and other furniture pieces.
  • Wall framing: Use FramePly for interior walls in non-load-bearing applications.
  • Subfloors: FramePly can act as a reliable subflooring material, providing a sturdy base for flooring installations.
  • Roof sheathing: In combination with proper roofing materials, FramePly can be used for roof sheathing in certain applications.
  • Carpentry projects: FramePly can be employed for various carpentry projects requiring a strong and cost-effective material, such as jigs, shop fixtures, and raised garden beds.

Choosing the Right FramePly

Selecting the right FramePly for your project is relatively straightforward:

  • Thickness: Choose the appropriate thickness based on the application's load-bearing requirements. Thicker FramePly provides greater strength for demanding projects.
  • Panel size: Select panel sizes that minimize waste and optimize material usage for your project's dimensions.
  • Surface finish: Depending on your project's needs, you can choose between sanded or unsanded FramePly. Sanded panels offer a smoother surface, while unsanded panels are more cost-effective and suitable for applications where the surface will be hidden.

By incorporating FramePly into your next project, you can enjoy the benefits of its strength, affordability, and ease of use. Remember, FramePly is not intended for structural applications, so always consult with a building professional for specific project requirements and building code compliance.