I am about to work some Phenolic Baltic birch plywood. Anything I need to know ?

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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 10-06-2011 07:33 AM 1833 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2011 07:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: phenolic baltic birch

This is my first piece of this. I sure would like to know if there are any nuances of this material before I go ripping and routing it. Does it rip well ? Does it chip out badly ? How does it route ? Does it drill easily ? Etcetera.

Please share your experience. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 11:42 AM

My experience is that it reacts like all other wood and all other ply – so zero clearence, if you need sharp cuts you can precut with a stanleyknife to prevent tear out. The ususal tricks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 01:02 PM

I don’t know if it was phenolic, but the last piece of 1/4 inch cherry “plywood” I used had some kind core that wasn’t wood, (may have been fiber core) but it worked great using the tools I normally use.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 01:22 PM

I’m with mads. Its plywood. If you’ve worked with plywood you’ll see no difference.

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 04:56 PM


It will chip out when crosscutting. So, as Mads has pointed out, take appropriate steps.

It routs fine. No different than other plywood. Start on the crossgrain side and work your way around. Just make sure you are using carbide bits as the resin plays hell on steel bits.

As far as drilling goes, make sure you back up your hole with a piece of scrap. It will blow out, especially if you are using spade or forstner bits with larger holes.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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