What would I need to search for online to get the type of wood that is used to make these budget displays stands?

Does it have a proper name or description?

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    Just a thought, but it looks like laser-cut balsa wood.
    – agarza
    Commented May 27, 2022 at 14:25
  • If the wood isn't available/affordable, you might substitute acrylic/perspex plastic in a laser cutter too. Mind the fumes.
    – Criggie
    Commented May 29, 2022 at 0:14
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    @agarza - balsa lacks the strength to make this.
    – rebusB
    Commented Jun 6, 2022 at 13:48

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I'm pretty confident that's laser cut plywood. The dark edges give away the laser cutting and ply is strong enough and stiff enough even down to a few mm thick. It's also cheap.

Laser cutting is a cheap process if you have access to a laser cutter, but the setup costs are high. You may be able to find somewhere locally that does it commercially. However you can make something similar with a bandsaw or jigsaw and hole saws or spade-type wood drill bits (with scrapwood behind) if your time isn't too valuable.

  • +1 for laser cut plywood. Not cheap, though, price has tripled in the past year.
    – fred_dot_u
    Commented May 27, 2022 at 16:06

That looks laser cut, the burnt edges are the giveaway.

It's clearly an engineered sheet material rather than natural wood. I suspect it's most likely plywood but it's also possible it's MDF (cheaper but weaker). You should be able to tell the difference with a close visual inspection, MDF will be uniform while plywood will have a discernible grain direction.

My understanding is that the plywood and mdf used for laser cutting are usually sold specifically for the purpose. The plywood is of a much more consistent quality than regular plywood. Also the glues used in constructing the material will be of types suitable for use with laser cutters. You can find the stuff by searching for terms like "laser plywood" or "laserply" or "laser MDF".

  • Definitely ply---you can see a knot and grain pattern in the inset enlarged photo. It is indeed distinct from ordinary ply (so as to make a given burn time correspond to a given depth), although if the OP isn't laser cutting a thin birch-faced play will be fine.
    – 2e0byo
    Commented May 28, 2022 at 11:31

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