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Forum topic by christherookie posted 02-24-2017 03:19 PM 376 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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christherookie

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02-24-2017 03:19 PM

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My wife has a project for me to create a daybed for a spare bedroom. She wants the whole thing painted white. I have project plans for this and it’s primarily 3/4” plywood. Since it’s going to get painted, am I ok to use baltic birch? I’m new to wood selection for plywood but from what I’ve read, this seems to be right…but I’ve been known to be wrong. :)


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#1 posted 02-24-2017 03:23 PM

MDO paints up better. I prime my MDO first but the explanation below says it’s unnecessary

Painting
When used for cabinetmaking, MDO panels provide an excellent, very flat surface that accepts paint very well. The resin impregnated fiber layer adheres well to paint and eliminates the need for priming. Unlike many other materials, cut edges are still highly water resistant, with the added benefit of being easily painted, fully sealing the edges against water.

http://theplywood.com/mdo-hdo

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 03:50 PM

china birch will do

but baltic birch will do great—— near top of the line as plywood

baltic birch has solid core (wood) and kindna on the expensive side but very nice to work with and both sides are finished nice for painting almost to nice.

if $$$ is not an issue ——— baltic birch would be my choice.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 10:20 PM

Baltic Birch is good, pick up some edge banding to finish the edges with.

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 10:24 PM

MDO. A little expensive, but worth it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 10:28 PM

I use cabinet grade maple plywood. Baltic birch is fine.
Use good acrylic paint formulated for cabinets and furniture, not just household latex.
I bought some from Miller paint for an upcoming project, so we’ll see how that goes.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 02-24-2017 10:48 PM



My wife has a project for me to create a daybed for a spare bedroom. She wants the whole thing painted white. I have project plans for this and it s primarily 3/4” plywood. Since it s going to get painted, am I ok to use baltic birch? I m new to wood selection for plywood but from what I ve read, this seems to be right…but I ve been known to be wrong. :)

- christherookie


Baltic birch is too expensive. Maple is real sweet and you can even buy shop grade. Finishes up beautifully

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