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Buckminster Green LLC added this to The Power of Plywood All Around the House
If you've ever driven a screw into a board without predrilling a hole first, you know that inserting a wedge into wood causes it to split along the grain. All plywood resists this, since the wood grain of each layer is different than the last.But what if, instead of gluing together large sheets of wood at right angles, you glued together small pieces of wood at all different angles? You'd get a similar effect while making use of small wood pieces that would otherwise become waste. The result of this process is OSB plywood, or oriented strand board. OSB is less expensive than CDX, and under the right conditions performs well.