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Forum topic by Howie posted 01-28-2011 02:28 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2011 02:28 AM

Built mommie a computer desk from plans out of a WW magazine. UNFORTUNATELY, I made the mistake of buying some chinese plywood from HD. I sanded it(100,120,150 and no, I did not go thru the veneer)Minwax prestain then I stained it(minwax) let dry for two days…minwax clear poly top coat… the problem…several sections of the plywood is not dry after 24 hours….duh! It feels like glue is leaking out of the PW(stickey). Another thing…it had white spots show up like there was grease or oil on it. I’m positive I did not get anything on it. Makes me wonder if this plywood came from the same factory the drywall came from. Bah Humbug(for lack of any other words I can put on here )

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 05:15 AM

Kinda make you wonder about the meds they produce in China and dump over here doesn’t it? Too bad about the desk. Are you going to return it? I would! You paid for plywood, they said they were selling plywood and the merchantile warranty should apply.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-28-2011 05:16 AM

You think this is bad, wait until the glue starts letting go and the ply’s open up all over the place. I learned my lesson too.

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 07:21 AM

Greetings Howie,

I learned a long time ago to stay away from the Chinese plywoods…..They are cheap-built and nothing but pure crap. I buy mine from my local lumber yard, and it’s made in the U.S. in Washington. I have to pay a few dollars more for it, but it’s well worth the extra bucks. There are no voids in it, and it cuts smooth. I will never buy plywood from Home Depot or Lowes again. If you have a lumber yard near you, check with them….I’ll bet they carry it, or can get it for you. Mine also carries ply like oak, walnut, cherry….all good stuff… Sorry for the trouble you had with the computer desk for mommie….lessons learned…...

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

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 06:05 PM

I’ve been using ApplePly for my cabinets here and love it. Mostly. But it ain’t cheap, and for carcases I fall back to the $60-70 a sheet stuff from my local lumber yard.

The thing I don’t like about ApplePly is that it doesn’t seem like the glue is all that strong. My attempts to router cut dovetails in it has just resulted in a mass of splinters. But it’s holding up really nicely in high humidity applications, and aside from trying to route the edges is really really nice to work with.

But don’t give up hope yet. As kunk points out, sometimes these whitening of foggy areas have a way of working themselves out if you wait long enough.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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