Birch plywood

Birch plywood is key to what we offer due to its strength, durability, and clean look. It’s a top choice for cabinets and has been favored by architects since the 1920s. It’s strong, attractive, and sustainable, making it perfect for interiors. Here are some quick FAQs about our products, plywood types, grades, sizes, costs, and tips on installation and finishing.

We do not supply flatpack cabinets. All our cabinets are custom-made. We ensure our cabinets are pre-built, thoroughly checked, and structurally sound before delivery. Flatpack options typically have limited dimensions and are suited for mass production, which is difficult with birch plywood due to the extra work required for sanding and oiling.

Yes, plywood can be more expensive. There are different grades of plywood, from lower to furniture grade. We use European (Baltic) birch plywood in grades BB/BB, S/BB and B/BB, which are more expensive than melamine boards and even some veneer MDF. For more information, you can check this video: Learn more about birch plywood grades.

Yes, plywood is a good choice for cabinets. It is sturdy and long-lasting, which means it can handle weight better than chipboard or MDF. Birch plywood is commonly used not only for kitchen cabinets but also for other furniture like sideboards, drawer units, bathroom vanities, wardrobes, and decorative furniture. Click here for more information. 

We offer a variety of materials for our cabinetry:

Kitchen carcasses are made from NZ Made MDF and 16mm poplar plywood HPL for wet areas like sinks and rubbish bins.
They can also be finished with BB/BB grade plywood with a water-based polyurethane finish.
For fronts and side panels, we use higher-grade birch plywood, ensuring the good face is turned outward.

Light-colored wood like birch tends to turn yellow with any clear finish. To maintain the natural look, we use a tinted water-based polyurethane to provide a white foundation for kitchen carcasses, preventing yellowing. For kitchen doors, drawer fronts and panels exposed to indirect sunlight, we apply Osmo Transparent for the first coat and Clear Satin for the topcoat. 

  1. Use a 180-grit orbital sander to smooth the edges.
  2. Sand both faces with a 180-grit orbital sander.
  3. Apply the first coat of Osmo Polyx Raw to the top face and wait 12 hours to dry.
  4. Turn over and apply the primer to the back face, then wait another 12 hours.
  5. Lightly sand the top face again with a 180-grit or 240-grit sander, then apply a second coat of Osmo Polyx Raw and wait 12 hours for it to dry. 
  6. Repeat the process for the back face and give it 12 hours to dry.

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