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Guide to Selecting WebbWood™ Laminated Wood


WebbWood™ comparison

GradeWeightMachining, hand-sanding, laser-cutting & engravingMoisture resistanceFinish
LD
(Low Density)
LowestEasiestGoodCan achieve a good finish
HD
(High Density)
HighEasy, but more time is required than machining LDHighCan achieve a better finish than LD
PM
(Phenolic Medium Density)
Medium - slightly less dense than HDSlightly harder to laser cut, but possibleVery highGreat finish possible with just a polish
PH
(Phenolic High Density)
HighestHardest to machine, but excellent results are possible with time and patience. This material's extreme moisture resistance makes it easy to turn on a lathe with liquid coolant for a superb finish.Incredibly highPolishes easily to a high luster

GradeAdditional QualitiesPrice PointPossible Uses
LD
(Low Density)
A great choice for items that need to be lightweight, while showing off vibrant and natural colors.
Softest grade, dents and scratches more easily with rigorous use – Tapping and press inserts are possible, but retention is minimal.
LowestGun stocks, crafts, tool handles, walking sticks, canes
HD
(High Density)
HD has a higher thread strength, making it ideal for products that will see rigorous use or need to withstand a lot of strain.
Similar to DymondWood without phenolic.
MediumKnife handles, bow risers and grips, cue sticks, turkey pots and strikers
PM
(Phenolic Medium Density)
Has all the benefits of HD, but with the addition of phenolic.
Ideal for use in the elements, withstanding exposure to moisture.
HighGame calls, pistol grips, cue sticks, pen blanks, jewellery, hair pins, instruments, fishing lures
PH
(Phenolic High Density)
Ideal for products that need to withstand the most strain. Has a very hard surface
Withstands moisture to an incredible degree, making it perfect for outdoor use.
HighestBilliard accessories, cue sticks, marine accessories, nightsticks

A Guide to Selecting WebbWood™

WebbWood™ is offered in four different grades: Low Density, High Density, Phenolic Medium Density, and Phenolic High Density. With so much to choose from, picking the right wood for your needs can be a challenge. Here we provide a brief description of each grade of WebbWood™, as well as a few possible uses for each.

These features are consistent for all WebbWood™ grades:

  • Laminated construction using birch
  • Wood grain runs in a single direction
  • A great variety of vibrant and natural color combinations available, with Low Density and High Density bringing out bolder, brighter colors than Phenolic Medium Density and Phenolic High Density
  • All grades of WebbWood™ have low water absorption ranging from good to excellent
  • All grades accept finish well, and can be laser cut and engraved
  • All can be bonded to other materials
  • All can be hand-sanded

So which is the right WebbWood™ for you?

Is the product going to be used indoors or outdoors?
Phenolic impregnated WebbWood™ (PM and PH) is much more water-resistant than non-phenolic impregnated wood.

Do you want to put a finish on your product, or just polish finish it?
Phenolic WebbWood™ polishes easily, while the non-phenolic WebbWood™ is better suited for other finishes.

How strong does the part need to be?
Low Density WebbWood™ is ideal for many crafts or items that do not need to withstand high levels of stress. Some items, such as bow risers, will have a high level of stress upon them during regular use, and should be made of stronger material (HD or PH WebbWood™).

Will you require a high volume of WebbWood™?
Some products could benefit from the higher density and phenolic impregnated WebbWood™, but the less expensive Low Density WebbWood™ may be more economical in projects requiring large amounts of material. Crafts such as ornaments and candle holders could be made with Phenolic High Density (PH) WebbWood™, but lighter grades of WebbWood™ may give comparable results at lower cost.

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