|Review by Dadoo||posted 04-21-2008 01:39 AM||6536 views||1 time favorited||46 comments|
All of my cabinets so far, have been made from birch plywood and trimmed in pine. Now I’ve got a load of old maple for trim and want to build a bookcase system using maple plywood. I’ve looked around and have found that the only place that carries it, is Lowes. Oh, my local yard will be happy to order it…at like $70.00 a sheet…sight unseen. So being careful not to buy some cheap stuff (there’s been some bad vibes concerning Chinese plywood here) I found that the brand they carry is from Samling USA. Well, the Samling sounds Chinese but the USA must mean it was made in, well Canada right? The sheets looked square and true so I bought two. Beautiful Spring weather here. Sunny, warm in the 70’s, no rain. Well, once at home I unloaded the sheets. They were allowed to acclimate for a couple days while I was at work. Didn’t really need to acclimate but I wasn’t ready to start cutting. On my next weekend off I produced the first two base carcases. I noted that there was a lot of chipout, one area was missing about 6” of the center ply, and the outside maple veneer was really thin. Then I noticed it. There in faint blue ink was stamped “Made in China”! I felt bad. Really bad. Kinda like I had been had, bad. The next day I found the cabinets were no longer square. Oh, they were glued and nailed and rabbeted and clamped for awhile. Two days later I found that they weren’t only not square, but one had developed a twist as well!
So the wife and I took the uncut sheet and the two pieces of scrap you see in the third pic back to Lowes. I was hot. This stuff was like $55.00 a sheet and a 50 mile round trip hot. So we showed the clerk the warped scrap and I said, “Can you imagine what my cabinets look like?” She called the manager…he readily credited us for the uncut sheet. Then the wife said, “What about the sheet we cut up, that failed?” And you know what? He credited me for the second sheet as well. Kudos to Lowes management, but doom on the desk jockey who thought he’d make money by ordering this crap.
So guys and gals…blue ink disappears in those high intensity sodium lamps. Be careful what you buy and avoid this stuff! The wife asked me what I intend on doing with the left over scrap. Can’t use it as it’ll soon warp too. Maybe a canoe? Probably fall apart as soon as it gets near water. Firewood…It is camping season ya know!
-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!