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Forum topic by chazmonro posted 10-28-2007 01:11 AM 1322 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2007 01:11 AM

I’m planning a router table cabinet, where should I get the plywood from? That 5’ x 5’ plywood from the hardwood shop is super expensive, I was thinking of getting a sheet of plywood from Menards or the Lowes.

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#1 posted 10-28-2007 01:53 AM

I got mine at Lowes, $28.00 for 4X8 sheet of birch. More than good enough for a cabinet, you just have to pick through the pile for good ones.
Here’s mine, need to finish the drawers, but I needed to get it operational to make them.

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#2 posted 10-28-2007 03:51 AM

I’ve also used ply from Lowe’s. Most of it isn’t very good but you can get by with it. The Baltic Birch is expensive but worth it in my opinion. There are no voids and it is consistant thickness. Through one of my suppliers, Lumber Products, I have access to American made plywood but it is from $75- over $100 per sheet wholesale. Good Birch is about $40-45. Good Chinese Poplar is in the $35-40 range. Your call.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-28-2007 08:51 PM

I have looked all over the place (San Francisco area) for Baltic Birch and either it costs an arm and a leg or the store is super inconvenient to get to. There ought to be a decent place for getting hold of Baltic Brich but I haven’t found it. I have heard people say, local cabinet makers might be willing to sell you some from their stock at a fair markup. Haven’t found any here yet.

I just started using MDF from the big box stores for jigs and tables. Not sure how well these jigs work when made from MDF or if there is any downside to it.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#4 posted 10-28-2007 09:59 PM


BayArea Woodworking Association has a website has a resource page that lists all the wood sources. According to them, MacBeath’s Berkeley branch carries Baltic Ply. Here is MacBeath’s website: I have never been there. It is too far for me. I live in San Jose.

Good Luck.


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