Bookcase project BB/B 5x5 price VS Rotary cut birch 4x8

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Forum topic by BryceVTR250 posted 05-14-2010 07:45 PM 1827 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2010 07:45 PM

I have been designing a bookcase/Entertaiment center for a while now and im just about done and am in material selection phase right now. I have been looking up price lists for a couple of places (avoiding Big box stores) in the CT area and I have been surprised to find that 5 foot by foot sheets of Baltic birch ply-wood are coming in at a lower price per square foot ($2.60) than A1/VC rotary Sawn Birch ($2.63-.80) and 1 place sells 4×8 baltic birch at ($3.02).

none of the pieces are longer than 45 ish inches so length is not an issue.

I was wondering if anyone knew why the 4×8 BB is so much more expensive than 5×5?

also this is one of my first real projects and Im wondering if I can get away with a lower Grade like D3 Birch as long as it will stay flat which is my biggest worry compared to looks?


will post pics of sketchup design later.

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 07:09 AM

I use the lower cost home center birch once in a while and have never had any problems with flatness. The main downsides are that it has fairly thin veneer (although it is workable), has lots of gaps in the plys, and does not have premo grain/color. I generally use it for stained projects.

I have built a number of bookcases for my kids’ school using that material, and they held up great in a rough and tumble grade school environment for 5 years. I recently published a free plan on my design which you can reference if it might help:

Good luck! I will look for your post with the sketchup design.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 07:15 AM

you can build more from a 4×8 sheet.

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