Designing with Plywood Structural Components

by W. D. Page,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 2, Pg. 25-32

Document Type: Journal Paper


Imaginative application of basic and applied research into wood and plywood application has provided the designer with a series of related structural units involving plywood in combination with other materials. These plywood structural components—stressed skin panels, curved panels, folded plates, box beams–are designed according to sound engineering principles. They offer the architect and engineer considerable freedom in achieving striking and unusual architecture and at the same time staying within the bounds of efficient structural design. Design methods have been proven and published and are available upon request. Fabrication specifications have been established and an industry-wide inspection and laboratory testing program polices them. A chain of fabricators well scattered throughout the United States are reliable sources of factory produced units. Detailed information is available from Plywood Fabricator Service, 1119 A St., Tacoma, Washington 98401.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Fabrication | Structural members | Panels (structural) | Laboratory tests | Wood | Wood structures | Construction materials | United States | Washington | Tacoma

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