Two hundred and 43 days ago MSKI posted a blog on Phenolic Plywood He had found some interesting stuff on the web that had 4 X 8 sheets of Phenolic Plywood for $51.00 a sheet. The stuff at Woodcraft is 65.00 for a 2 X 4’ size.
I thought I’d check it out. I used the WhiteCap Industries web site.
This past summer my wife was flying to see her mother and she was leaving from the Baltimore Airport. Whitecap Industries has a store about 15 miles from the airport. So I went prepared. I took a battery operated skill saw and a straight edge.
Set the GPS up and drove right to the place. The warehouse was about 3 blocks big, down in a area where you could buy 3 blocks cheap. I went to the front desk and asked them where the stuff was stored.
It was in the warehouse , one block south. They said that they had about 2000 sheets of the stuff. It is used to make cement forms when they pour cement and it wont stick to the plywood.
The plywood is 3/4” and has 13 plys of wood, almost like Baltic Birch. I went to the warehouse and all of the inventory was stacked to the ceiling except for some sheets that were laying on a small pile. There were some edge damage and corner damage on a few of the sheets.
So I went back to the cashier and asked if they would sell the damaged sheets for a reduced price. (I mean I don’t need a 4X8 sheet for one jig) He quoted a price of $31.00 a sheet and he said for that price i might as well take the good stuff. Why take the damaged ones.
So I told him I’d take three sheets, I went back and started to cut up the sheets to fit in my wife’s van. Some were cut with a 2’ slice off the end (2 sheets) and some were cut at 32” slices (3 piece cut (2 sheets).
I went back and paid for my order, of the four sheets that I took.
I gave Lee Jesberger a 32” slice (I don’t think he’s done anything with it yet) and I’ve made 2 jigs, both for the router. A edge to stand up on my router table so that I can cut route with the board standing on edge.
One for a trim bit the cut flush for the edging on a board The other was for a drawer lock router bit.
The stuff works great. and is stable. And I only have 2 1/2 sheets left. (Sold one sheet to a friend)
It is worth the money.
I used a bolt to attach it to the incra fence.
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