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Any furniture word is rarely complete without the usage of block boards, flush door and flexi plywood. Below, we have explained what these are exactly and where should they be used. You can see and buy block boards, flush doors and flexi ply here.
Plywood is generally regarded as an excellent choice of material for making furniture. But they have one major drawback. When used foe longer applications like long shelves or doors, they tend to sag or bend in the middle. This happens even with the best quality plywood, hence the need to use alternate products like block boards and flush door for such applications.
Block board, as the name suggests, is an engineered wood product that has blocks of wood, sandwiched between covering ply (or veneer sheets). So by construction, they are quite different from plywood which is made by sticking together layers (or veneers) of timber. It is this construction of blockboard which gives them unique stability which makes them better suited for applications where long lengths like 6 feet or more is needed. Blackboards are generally made of softwood like pine, hence they tend to be lighter and cheaper compared to plywood of same size and thickness.
Flush doors are a kind of block board. They are similar in construction of block board with similar properties but generally tend to be lighter and cheaper compared to block boards. As the name indicates, these ae exclusively used for making doors. In fact, most of the doors in modern day homes are these flush doors. They are plain, brownish coloured sheets and need to be covered with laminates or veneers with door accessories and locks then added.
Technically, both block boards and flush doors are less strong compared to plywood of same sizes and thickness as they are generally made of softwood while plywood is generally made of hardwood. In terms of sizes and thicknesses, block board and flush doors are generally used in higher thicknesses only, i.e. more than 19 mm, with flush doors thicknesses of even 40 mm available (thick flush doors used for bedroom or house main doors). Like plywood, both these can be interior or exterior grade, depending upon their water resistance property, though generally exterior grade or BWP grade block boards and flush doors are more commonly used and sold in the market.
Another common type of plywood used is flex plywood or flexible plywood. As the name indicates, this plywood is flexible i.e. it can be bent easily even by hands and hence is better for furniture work where curved surfaces are to be made. Also, as compared to regular plywood, these tend to be lighter in weight as well.