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Forum topic by Milo posted 12-29-2011 09:14 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 09:14 PM

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Just curious where people were buying their plywood these days (BB, lumberyard, etc), and at what grade?

It’s expensive as all heck, and I was wondering what you folks were up to these days.


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#1 posted 12-30-2011 09:54 AM

I buy from a wholesaler, and have been experimenting with different types, because I need better quality than what China birch has become.
I wouldn’t buy plywood from a box store, as it’s usually about 12$ more a sheet
Possibly a lumber yard?

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 09:01 PM

I don’t use enough plywood to purchase from a wholesaler, so I get mine from the local lumber yard. If they don’t have what I want in stock, they are good about ordering what I want. Your right about plywood being expensive, but its sometimes cheaper than buying solid lumber.

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 01:47 AM

Hmmm. I’m going to have to do some checking around.

Of course, the other problem is getting a 4×8 sheet of ply home. I don’t have a truck any more. Last project I had, the Big Box cut the sheet down so I could get it in the car. I had my cutlist and had the major section per-calculated. Cut it down to there pieces, there had not problem making two cuts for me. Now, that WAS one plus the BB’s offered.

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 02:29 AM

I also purchase ply from wholesalers, prices are going up as anywhere else.

Recently I had to pick up a sheet of 1/4” import oak ply late one evening at HD, and found it was very nice stock and was only about $5.00 more than the wholesaler on the other side of the city.

You may be better off having them cut it for you if you cannot haul it home…even if it costs a bit more.

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 02:46 AM

Menards has good quality ply. Wait for a sale if you have time.

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 02:53 AM

I buy at my local hardwood dealer (that’s Albuquerque Hardwoods on 2nd for you locals). Last time I bought, I asked for the “flattest” (generally meaning “highest quality and most expensive”) 3/4×4x8 they had, with the least expensive face veneer. What they recommended was a domestic veneer-core with about 9 plies and a rotary-cut red oak face veneer for $53/sheet. They do stock a line with an MDF veneer immediately under the face veneer, for a really smooth appearance, for close to the same price, but it’s about 50% heavier. I would normally have bought Baltic birch for about the same price, but I needed to get 6’ long pieces out of it.

As far as cutting, they don’t, but I have asked them if I could plug my circular saw into their power, and they said no problem.

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 04:43 AM

Yeah, I’ll need to start toting a CS if I start going to a lumberyard. Not that I have a problem… I just need a decent circular saw! argh! ;)

I like mdf for some projects, certain jigs and whatnot, but building with it? Heavy!

Thanks gang!

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 04:48 AM

I had been buying at HD, but one day their saw was broken so I went to Lowes. Better stuff at Lowes, so I switched. When I need large supply I go to a local (small) chain called A.D. Moyers, they deliver for free – but their price isn’t so great.

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 04:54 AM

HD in my area carries Columbia ply which is good stuff.

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 05:02 AM

I’m lucky enough to have a plywood dealer about a half mile from my house. The last purchase I made from them (about a week ago) was an American-made, paint-grade maple 3/4 inch plywood for $48 a sheet. Not only are they substantially cheaper than the BB, they carry all kinds of different veneers and grades so there is far more selection that you get at a BB. And finally as a bonus, they have a good stock of hardwoods available.

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 05:56 AM

First of all, I normally do not buy much ply wood. I, fundamentally, don’t like to work with it. However, I have had a few projects lately where i needed ply.

I put plywood into two categories: cheap and expensive. On the cheap side, Lowes offers some pretty good oak plywood for $46/sheet. On the expensive side, I buy excellent oak ply (quarter sawn white oak) for $119/sheet from a local hardwood retailer. I only buy the expensive stuff for very important projects. They claim that the good stuff has no voids (i.e. it is void of voids).

Back to Lowes – - The full sheets they offer of 3/4” oak plywood is really 3/4” thick. They also sell some smaller cuts. I’ve found that their 2’ x 4’ pieces of 3/4” plywood is not the same thickness. They are thinner. I like the full sheets at Lowes but do not care for the smaller cuts.

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