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#1 posted 01-25-2008 02:52 AM

The plywood industry is in flux. Seems there are fewer and fewer U.S. plants making any. Most of the production has gone to the Chinese and as others have stated, don’t buy it for anything that counts including jig making. The only quality you can count on is that it is pure crap. I needed a sheet of cab grade birch and stopped in one of my favorite woodworking stores and low and behold he was carrying “the crap.” He explained that his supplier was now importing only “the crap” and passed it off by shuffling through a dozen sheets before we found one that was flat enough and didn’t have any unusual bumps or other veneer flaws. When I got it home, I ripped the sheet in half and it immediately curled. Jumpin Jeehosaphat! It’s a good thing that it’s only a substructure and I could secure the piece flat.

As to the availability of Baltic Birch, I don’t buy the “over-harvested” argument. I mean, when is the last time you visited a plywood forest? C’mon! But seriously, my local cab supplier had to order 3/4” for me as he only stocked the 1/2”. It took a couple of days to get it from his supplier. If you get any more bogus bull_hit from your supplier, I suggest you find another. At least one who can offer up better excuses.

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