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Forum topic by Lenny posted 02-21-2010 09:43 PM 6645 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lenny

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02-21-2010 09:43 PM

I have been woodworking for 30 years now so I am a bit embarassed to ask this question but here goes. Assuming we don’t want contrasting woods, if we make something out of red oak and plywood is called for, we use red oak plywood. If we are working with cherry and need plywood, we get cherry plywood, etc. What plywood do you use when making a project out of pine? I have made very few projects from pine and with the exception of one, I did not employ any plywood. The one on which I did use ply, I used regular birch (not Baltic). Is that the go to choice for pine projects? Quite frankly, I wasn’t overjoyed with the “match” in terms of tone and grain. My memory tells me there is such a thing as pine plywood but it isn’t readily available. Am I wrong on that? I’m interested in your thoughts and/or experience on this.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI


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KMJohnson

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 09:45 PM

Why use ply for a pine project.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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Lenny

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 09:57 PM

KM are you speaking to cost? I am thinking of time and effort. Seems to me if I am making something out of any species and either the plans or my thought process say “this calls for plywood”, I use plywood. Why would it be any different for pine? If I am making a student desk and want a stable top, I might use plywood and wrap it in solid wood. If I am making a stile and rail end panel, I might want to fill it with a plywood panel. Otherwise I have to plane down the boards (waste) or re-saw boards (effort) and glue up the panels (effort and time). What is your line of thought regarding your question?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 10:02 PM

hi lenny .i would think that there is a furniture grade plywood supplier in you area somewhere.check either the yellow pages or the internet,and you should be able to find a sourse for your need.hope this helps.

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 10:08 PM

Pine is cheap in relation to hardwoods. You mention time and effort, is this not a hobby for you, what is your rush. If you are a professional woodworker you would not be asking about this. If you want fast results then just pick out a piece of regular plywood and use it. The grain wont match your pine, but less effort and time in aking panels.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 10:15 PM

Google it, It is out there.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Lenny

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 11:29 PM

Thanks Lou. Thanks Topa.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 11:31 PM

we got pine ply where i live 1/4” up to 3/4” thick

-- M.K.

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Mark

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 11:31 PM

nobody really buys it though

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 11:41 PM

Just get fir ply. That’ll do it.

Everyone in my area seems to buy pine ply. But then again, in my area you just can’t buy cherry plywood. I would be extremely lucky to find oak. It’s birch and fir all they way.

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Lenny

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 11:49 PM

Thanks all. I think I found something I will try. HD sells a product called “sandeply” in 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” thicknesses. I don’t recall seeing it before but then again, I wasn’t looking. A clerk told me it has been there at least since he started working there two years ago. They refer to it as hardwood plywood. To my eye, it better simulates the look of a pine board. I am going to try this sandeply and see how I make out. Again, thanks everyone.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 02-22-2010 12:22 AM

Pine ply is readily available here in several different types of pine, thickness, and grades. I have learned however, that a good lumber company that deals with hardwoods for the cabinet trade has a much better grade of pine ply than a Home Depot or Lowes.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 02-22-2010 12:33 AM

It’s available around here, but you have to go to a good lumber yard that markets itself to the cabinet trade.
I haven’t bought any in many years, but as I recall it was more costly than birch. We have several of these places in my area and I find that the products they carry are higher quality and cheaper than the big box stores.

Hope this helps

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 02-22-2010 01:04 AM

Good post Lenny.
I picked up some info for future use.
Sometimes just checking out other guys questions really helps clear the clouds.
Thanks

-- Eric, central Florida

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#14 posted 02-22-2010 03:57 AM

Lenny, I am not a big pine plywood, GP has some pine plywood but it warp and cups to bad for me.

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#15 posted 02-22-2010 04:55 AM

There is a Knotty pine plywood that is cabinet grade.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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