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01-20-2011 12:32 AM

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Have any of you bought cabinet grade plywood lately? I went looking today and the price at my local building material supply was $80.00 for a 3/4 sheet of Burch 5 ply. Wow, that’s high. What prices are you seeing in other areas?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 12:43 AM

Same here,Lumber out of site. Like gas always going up.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 12:53 AM

But of course there is no inflation. HA!

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 12:56 AM

Prices for plywood are insane. Those of you with plywood trees on your properties are really sitting on gold mines!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 01:25 AM

It is what it is. – lol

I’ve been telling my customers that my bids are based on current prices and that delays more than two weeks may require a re-bid.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 01:38 AM

I just looked online @ Lowes and here in Phoenix 3/4 4X8 Hardwood Birch is 44.97. Not sure if it is the same as you are looking for or not. Very well could be from China. I’m not a cabinet maker and have only used it to make shop jigs and printing press dollies with it.


-- DeputyDawg

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 01:45 AM

Be very careful of the big box stores’ birch plywood. I was going to purchase a sheet at my local “L#@%&%” but looked and found it was made in China. Wouldn’t take the chance on it. Also, there is USA made plywood elsewhere and I went with that …

-- " .... For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.”

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 02:04 AM

I just got a deal at Compton’s in Seattle on 3/4 birch seven ply, $33.00 for 4’X8’ or the metric equivalent. It’s would be a long drive for you.
Deputy, I went through half the stack at Lowe’s, nothing but garbage.
Thomas, The plywood I bought was imported, from China. Maybe it’s because I live in a port city, that the Chinese stuff is low priced. I don’t know where Lowe’s get theirs but I would have to waste 30 percent of it, if I was looking to use just one side visible. Only one side had any thing that looked like solid wood on it. Lot’s of knots and voids.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 02:13 AM

I recently paid $110 a sheet for 1/2 clear pine 9 ply, needed 10 shts. Luckly the client didnt blink at the price.
The birch ply @ the box stores is JUNK

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 02:17 AM

This is the price I found at a local lumber yard in Western New York state. BP1 3/4”x4×8 BIRCH PLYWOOD G2S Veneer Core EA $27.99. I’m not sure if it imported, suspect so, but I have had good luck with it and it finishes well.

I like this place because they load my truck and people can’t pick through the stacks. If notice any wrong with what they are loading they will replace it with another piece.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 02:48 AM

I have a good relationship with my local supplier and just paid $32 per sheet (contractor’s price) for some nice 3/4” cabinet/stain grade birch ply. That included free delivery up my terrible mountain road.

The local Lowe’s had some nasty looking stuff with patches for $45 a sheet.

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 03:37 AM

Here in Baton Rouge, La. the local hardwood suppliers all sell the chinese plywood for cabinet shops and it is junk also. A sheet of 5/8” chinese birch is $32.00 and is hard to work with, it curls up just sitting in my shop on the racks. Talk about a pain to use, I have to use clamps and jigs to keep it square when making cabinets. But if you buy domestic it is costly. I have decided to buy domestic plywood if I can pass the cost to my customers. One time I bought 4 sheets of 1/4” plywood from Home depot and when I cut it on the table saw every piece curled up like a banana, wasted $100.00. Never again from HD.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 03:37 AM

I recently paid $37.00 for 3/4” pre-finished birch ply

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 03:42 AM

the only thing I use borg store plywood for is jigs. American made is more expensive…but it doesn’t have all the voids, delamination, stress warping, patches, tears…etc…etc…that the cheap imported stuff does. Not to mention, US product is mostly made in factories that have good QC. I don’t know if China ships us their crap and keeps the good….or if they are only manufacturing crap? The trouble is it seems to be getting worse and more expensive as time goes by. My beef lately is that it is tiring buying cheap imports that break quickly….don’t do what they are supposed to….or are just so cheesy as to be dangerous. Unfortunately, we consumers are at fault for a lot of this and the choices are between crap and worse crap…..It is getting to the point that you cannot find some quality items for any price.

I remember when Japan made all the crap….but over time…they have become one of the finer manufacturers in the world….we can only hope this will come to pass with China.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 03:49 AM

Man some of you have gotten some good prices. I found it at lowes for 43.00 a sheet on 3/4 inch, but most of it had been picked over. I found four good sheets. T

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#15 posted 01-20-2011 06:53 AM

I’m just finishing a project that used Chinese Birch 3/4 with no problems. I’m paying about $34 for it vs $55 or so fir normal birch ply. Only issue with Chinese Birch is the face plus ar super thin.

-- Russ

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