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12-07-2015 04:56 PM

Hello all,

first time caller, long term creeper here. I am new to fine woodworking and thought i should i join the forum that i have frequently consulted for the last month. A local plywood supplier is selling 1/2’’ and 3/4’’ particle board core plywood for 10 dollars a sheet, this plywood is offered in 3 ’’stain ready’’ hardwood veneers. I am a young guy with an old mind, when i think particle board i think garbage. but for 10 bucks….

does anyone have experience with PBC plywood?

Good option for cabinets or anything non structure?

Anything else i should know?

thank you

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 05:30 PM

particle board of mdf? big difference.particle board,pass fine for a cheap interior door.mdf isn’t that bad for anything that calls for mdf then you can stain or paint.

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 06:04 PM

First….Welcome!!! I think you will enjoy this site fro the “brain trust”!!

I have used it some….I think the top ply might be a little thicker than normal big box plywood…and 10 bucks sheet…….if it stored better I would buy 10 sheets…but plywood in my experience does not. The only thing I wonder about is this plywoods’ expansion and contraction with the seasons. I live in Iowa so we have humid summers and dry winters…with out the ply’s would this move a lot more? I will be interested for some of the people really in the know about that to comment. I stopped using it because I like to Kreg cabinets and mdf is really not as stout for holding power…..

Just my .02

-- Mike

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 06:42 PM

thanks for your replies, It is particleboard core plywood and not mdf, Arkansas has some of the craziest weather patterns, humidity and temperature changes are crazy. There is not a lot of information about particle board core plywood on the internet so i may grab a sheet and do test to contribute.

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 06:44 PM

Actually, particle or strand type board is an ideal backing for veneer as it has little expansion or contraction with changes in the moisture content in the air. I used some as a backing for a beautiful burl many years ago and it still holds up well. Of course you have the usual negatives with particle or strand type board is it is heavy and lacks the strength of plywood and swells and disintegrates if it gets wet. Most commercial modern furniture these days uses veneered particle or strand type board.

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#5 posted 12-08-2015 12:59 AM

Mike, I have read that it is good for making cabinets but have no first hand knowledge. However, if you need any cabinets it would be hard to go wrong for $10/sheet.

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 12:54 PM

What Art ^ said. I’ve used melamine for cabs quite a lot.
I would take a close look at veneer thickness that’s where they save the money.

If you go that route treat it the same way as MDF re: be aware of respiratory (dust and noxious gas filters) and eye protection when cutting. Could be some nasty glue resins getting aerosolized.

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#7 posted 12-09-2015 07:52 PM

greats points everyone, should i expect accelerated dulling when cutting particle board?

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#8 posted 12-09-2015 08:10 PM

DirtyMike, where in Arkansas are you located? I’m near Little Rock and would love to try this material out as well.

-- Rex

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#9 posted 12-09-2015 09:14 PM

I live just north of Conway. Hamel plywood in hot springs is the store, I have yet to get down there to see their products in person. I found his ad on craigslist, search plywood.

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#10 posted 12-09-2015 09:40 PM

Cool, thanks for the info.

-- Rex

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