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jstewart

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2529 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: plywood grading prices

I’ve found a local hardwoods supplier that sells Ash, Birch, Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, and Baltic Birch plywood. On the price listing, they list various plywood grades (or so I assume). I’m not familiar with the plywood grading system, so I was hoping you guys could explain this to me. Here are some example listings. (Also, perhaps you guys could comment on the prices.)

All 4×8 sheets
1/4” Red Oak B-4 $ 34.56
3/4” Red Oak A-2 $ 67.46
1/4” Walnut P/S Domestic A-4 $ 71.23
3/4” Walnut A-1 $108.86
1/4” Cherry P/S A-4 (MDF core) $ 79.07
3/4” Cherry P/S A-1 (MDF core) $107.81

I’m also curious what the “P/S” means.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas


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GaryK

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#1 posted 2529 days ago

P/S means plain sliced.

Look here for more information.

http://justwoodworking.com/charts/hardwood_plywood.php

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Aubrey

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#2 posted 2529 days ago

Gary beat me to it.

I was just about to post that same link

I have researched the plain sawn or plain sliced and haven’t come up with any useful definition.

The last 3/4” red oak I bought was $45 per sheet.

The others I don’t have any experience with.

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2529 days ago

Aubery – Check here to see how a log is plain sliced:

http://hrzn.net/Grading/veneer_cutting_methods.htm

And all the other methods.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Aubrey

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#4 posted 2529 days ago

Thanks Gary!

I learned something new.

:)

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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sandhill

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#5 posted 2529 days ago

Hi everyone, I am new here so forgive me for chiming in.
I did not see “flat sliced” I believe that is what I was told by a supplier.
I think it is made to look like a set of boards glued up like a panel and have been quoted as much as $498.00 for a 4X8 sheet of maple. Never did order it. Has anyone ever heard of it?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Aubrey

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#6 posted 2529 days ago

Sandhill,

Welcome!

$498….. Yikes.

I’m afraid I’d have to quit wood working before I bought into that stuff.

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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Christian

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#7 posted 2529 days ago

I’ve purchased plywood from these guys in western Iowa. You can compare the prices.

http://www.dunham-hardwoods.com/retailprices.asp

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Ethan Sincox

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#8 posted 2529 days ago

I’d venture to say you could glue up a 4’ x 8’ piece of solid curly maple for that kind of money…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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sandhill

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#9 posted 2528 days ago

I agree Red. Needless to say I did not buy any. I was looking at your link Christian and they seem like reasonable prices except for the Cypress. It must be new growth and no good color. I am in fl. and I pay more then that. I get the old logs that are reclaimed from rivers and swamps, 60 and 80 year old heart wood. The $2.45 stuff is very oily and not very pretty IMO. Thanks guys
Oh and it was curly maple 3/4” 4X8 sheets one side only sorry for leaving that out.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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DustyDave

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#10 posted 2527 days ago

Slightly off topic, but there is good information in the Wood Handbook from the Forest Products Laboratory:

http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr113/fplgtr113.htm

Each chapter can be downloaded as a pdf file by right clicking on the link and selecting save as. Chapter 10 is on plywood. There is a ton of useful information on all aspects of wood.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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