Plywood History

Laminated wood veneer was patented in 1797 although laminating hide, wood, and cloth for strength was used to make stronger shields and bows for millennia.  The process became commercially available about 1865 and common by 1930 probably due to transportation infrastructure.  The significance is that plywood allows for more advanced aircraft and boat designs in keeping with SteamPunk.

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This is an excellent albeit DP example of why plywood is important:  Mosquito Construction


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