Difference between LVL, LVB and LVD

LVL, LVB and LVD are all multi-ply plywood that are wood based boards pressed with multi-layer veneer and bonded under pressure and glue. They are widely used in our daily life as construction and furniture material. LVL, LVB and LVD have their own features, advantages and disadvantages which are suitable for specific purpose.

LVD Plywood – Normal Plywood

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LVD has wood veneers arranged alternately: 1 vertical layer and 1 horizontal layer. The adjacent veneers of LVD are perpendicular to each other. This structure makes plywood more stable that solid timber. However, due to its structure, its cutting edge is not as good as LVB. LVD is usually used in flat furniture as tables, chairs, cabinets, etc.

LVB – Laminated Veneer Board

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LVB has wood veneers arranged in the same direction but not as homogeneous as LVL. There are 2 common ways to arrange veneers for LVB:

  1. Veneers inside vertically, 2 layers outside horizontally
  2. Randomly: 3 horizontal, 2 vertical, 3 flat

LVB core structure is adjustable according to furniture manufacturers. Also, veneers are scarf jointed in LVB for perfect edges. LVB plywood is mostly used to make door frames, furniture such as tables, chairs, cabinets, drawers, etc.

LVL – Laminated Veneer Lumber

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All veneers of LVL are arranged in the same direction. With this structure, LVL has the highest uniformity. Along with the outstanding durability and bearing capacity, LVL also has high aesthetics. Thanks to unidirectional and parallel layers, LVL has better strength in vertical applications. It optimizes the use of products like beam and other building construction materials. LVL plywood is trusted by many customers to apply to bed slats, sofa frames, furniture frames, floor, wall, packaging, etc.

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