What is OSB?

Brian asked 6 months ago

OSB is a particular type of plywood, but that’s not the whole story. If you are wondering what this means, and how it’s good for you as a woodworker, I’ll answer it below.

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Brian answered 5 months ago

OSB is the acronym for oriented strand board. This is a type of manufactured wood made from large particles or chunks.

This is definitely not one of the prettier building materials that you could choose, however it’s one of the least expensive, and that can be a huge benefit in cases where the look really doesn’t matter.

For example, if you are building benches or you are building shelving for a garage, OSB is a great way to cover them without spending a ton of money on plywood.

Another trick is to make your shelves 23 inches deep, because you can get two large pieces out of a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood.

If the OSB is $10 a sheet, that means each one of your shelves is only five bucks. Even a large shelving project is fairly inexpensive at only five dollars a shelf.

Happy building.

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