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Forum topic by airman posted 08-01-2010 06:59 PM 3217 views 0 times favorited 57 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2010 06:59 PM

I just finished building a project using chinese plywood and boy am I unhappy. The veneer on the plywood was so thin as to be almost nonexistent. Could not do any sanding and when I tried to knock the edge of it chipped! No more buying wood from the big box stores. By the way this was the “hard wood” quality(?) stuff.

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 07:23 PM

I feel your pain and have made the same mistake/conclusion.

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 07:34 PM

When possible, I buy my ply from a local cabinet shop. I don’t have time to dig through the crap at the box stores.


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#3 posted 08-01-2010 08:21 PM

I had a similar complaint and similar post just a couple of weeks ago. The big box oak/birch plywood isn’t furniture grade….it’s closer to construction grade, and at $45-$50 sheet they can keep it….never again.

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 11:23 PM

I have heard rumors of chips of metal in the import stuff as well


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#5 posted 08-01-2010 11:45 PM

When Nixon opened China, I felt that he should have left them alone. Seems to be proving to be right:-(

-- 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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#6 posted 08-01-2010 11:55 PM

While Nixon did make an historic trip to China in ‘71 (if I remember corectly) it was the 1993 “one sided” trade agreement signed by Bill Clinton that started the tremendous damage to our manufacturing economy.

I recently measured a veneer “chip” at a thickness of only 10 thousandths of an inch. A nominal 3/4” sheet purchased at Lowes actually measured closer to 5/8”. I had to use a thin kerf Freud 80T HiATB blade with a low hook angle in order to get decent cut edges.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 12:21 AM

Yes, and our wonderful CEOs wanted cheap communications satellites in orbit. China was failing 9 out of 10 launches, so they gave the Chinese the technology to launch them. That is the same technology needed to send intercontinental atomic warhead IBM’s from China to US. That was a felony and treason. When the investigation started, Slick Willey; aka Clinton, signed an executive order making it ok. Quite a legacy Slick has; bringing oral sex in elementary schools and giving China the ability to blow our a—off the face of the earth, which they threatened to do over Taiwan:-((

-- 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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#8 posted 08-02-2010 12:39 AM

Which President was it who gave China an abandoned military base in coastal southern California…after upfitting it to a state-of-the-art cargo port for Chinese container ships? Probably Peanut Carter, but I’m not sure… oh yeah… lest we forget:

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 12:52 AM

Greetings airman,

This subject has been brought up on here many times about the Chink plywood crap, and to stay away from it.

The problem is, is that everytime we get some new LJs on here that don’t know any better, we have to

keep reminding them to leave the crap alone, and go to your local lumber yard to get it…..

better quality, made in the U.S., and the cost is just about the same as that crap Lowes or HD sells…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 12:53 AM

I always buy my ply from a good hardwood lumber company…I learned the hard way too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 02:16 AM

Haven’t you heard? Chinese ply is a no no. I did a small kitchen with it for a friend, only the base cabinets, and ruined every tool I put into it. all carbide except for jointer knives. I ruined 1- 10 in sawblade both bits in my PC pocket hole cutter. My 3/4 straight router bit and my old wobble dado blade, and took about 4 years off my jointer blades. NEVER again!!!!!!!!!

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#12 posted 08-02-2010 03:51 AM

I’m not sure if their products meet the formaldihyde standard for interior use.

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 04:17 AM

pvwoodcrafts, what was in there, silica or metal???

-- 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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#14 posted 08-02-2010 04:35 AM

Hello…I am Chinese plywood factory. This is all rumors and hearsay. My plywood is good as American…except for the deadly chemicals, dead rats and poor construction.


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#15 posted 08-02-2010 05:05 AM

I have to agree with you Airman as I have found the same paper thin veneers and plenty of voids in plywood from the box stores. I have also seen sheets that didn’t have enough glue between plys that fall apart when cut. I purchase my finish plywood at the lumber yard to avoid having these problems again.

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