The American Institute of Certified Materials (AICM) has released the results of a study that found aetampo plywood can be cut down to $3.99 for a 2-foot-square piece of plywood.
“If you can get a 1-foot square plywood to be cut to a 3-foot diameter, that would mean you could get it down to just under $2,000,” said Kevin Miller, chief executive of AICM, a non-profit that researches consumer technology.
“And that is with a minimum of four coats of paint,” he said.
Aetampos plywood is a type of low-cost, recycled plywood that is manufactured by using natural rubber or carbon fibers to form a smooth surface.
They are typically used in home furnishings, furniture, appliances and other low-tech projects.
The AICm study, published in the journal “Architectural Materials”, looked at the cost of a 2.5-foot x 2.75-foot plywood piece at two locations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The two locations were at the corner of Broad and Franklin Streets in Northeast Philadelphia, and at the intersection of Broad Street and Broad Street near Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.
A few plywood types are more expensive than others.
For example, 1-ft. x 1-inch is more expensive, at $1,000, than a 2×2-foot piece of 4-inch plywood at $2.00.
But 1- and 2-ft plywood are typically more expensive for the same project.
Miller said the prices of some of the other plywood products available are even more expensive.
He said one such product is “tarp” or “pulp” plywood which costs between $25 and $50 a square foot.
The prices for the materials used in the study ranged from $25 to $150 per square foot, depending on the product.