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Blog entry by Sawdust2 posted 01-01-2009 03:40 PM 1350 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yahoo news is reporting today (1/1/09) that two Chinese forestry reps had a pyramid scheme that bilked thousands of investors out of more than $160M.

They sold trees in Mongolia!
Mongolia is a barren area that has no forests.
They promised a 400% return on the investment.

Do you suppose that the reason Chinese plywood has so many voids is that it is made from trees from Mongolia?


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 04:28 PM

It seems there is an almost deliberate instinct with the Chinese to “dodge the deal”.

I have often heard from their side that it is consumer driven to produce lower quality but in fact the stuff ending up here is not much more than a cheap counterfeit of the original.
I find less than 10% of what I try to buy will actually do the job it was intended for.

I have no doubt they could build better but they must learn the hard lesson that poor quality brings to their reputations.


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#2 posted 01-01-2009 06:20 PM

Every little void in a piece of plywood is one sliver of wood that was saved in the build phase of the plywood. So maybe those were the pieces using Mongolia wood.

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 07:10 PM

I think its the customer demand for cheap Chinese good.

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 11:07 PM

Ah, voids in plywood. Well, I haven’t found any in OSB. I think we all should build everything from OSB…a Windsor chair made from OSB…a holtztaphel workbench from OSB…a Queen Anne highboy with a shell carving from OSB…oh the possibilities are endless. OSB…the building material of the future with possibilities for the past. Ah, the beauty of dovetailed corners in OSB just thrills me no end. No wait…a bombe chest with brass accent handles…from OSB.

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#5 posted 01-02-2009 12:57 AM

OSB is a great product.
It saves time having to grade the forest into lumber types.
You can clear cut over an acre a day and selll it all including the bugs!


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