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Forum topic by justholler posted 01-28-2012 04:06 AM 1329 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2012 04:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: baltic birch plywood

I talked briefly with a fella today selling quarter inch 5 feet by 5 feet BB for get this….$2 per sheet with a $20 minimum. This guy must have been or is still a cabinet maker and he has no use for the stuff anymore. My question is should I consider this a steal by taking the sheets and gluing 2 or 3 together to make a more useful product in my shop for cabinets or maybe eventually a router table. At the going rate of $40+ for 3/4 thickness I think I’m gonna jump on this. What say you?

-- Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most..... Twain


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#1 posted 01-28-2012 04:22 AM

Go for it
1/4” makes for good door panels

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 06:39 AM

Well, speaking for myself, I would buy every sheet he had if it were here.

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 06:55 AM

Buy all of it.

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 07:05 PM

Yeah. You can always find use for good ¼” ply. Laminated in curves, small drawer bottoms, side panels. Stock up!

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 07:08 PM

I agree, I would buy it all! But I might be a hoarder…

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 07:34 PM

Buy it.
I wouldn’t bother trying to glue it together to make thicker.

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 07:39 PM

buy all of it but beware, the 5×5 product is somewhat inconsistent in its’ thickness so using it for door panels, drawer bottoms (pending how it is joined) can lead to frustration as some areas will fit tight, some wont fit at all, and some areas will have small voids.

if the product is made overseas, there is also a possibility that it will de-laminate

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 07:39 PM

It’s unanimous. This is a smoking deal. Grab all you can, and store it properly. I’d say it’s at least worth a shot trying to laminate 2 or 3 pieces together. If it doesn’t work, you can still get thicker sheets with all the money you saved on these.

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 07:54 PM

just another 2 cents.

I’ve never had an issue with gluing sheet goods up to make thicker panels. break the sheet down into managable pieces, cut them an 1” bigger in width and length, ………use a roller to apply glue and then stack them with a very weighted lid………..

it’s quicker and less money then going out to buy new stock, when the stock at hand is already there and paid for

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 05:06 AM

THIS IS AN UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Well I went shopping for the BB today and here is the deal. There are stacks upon stacks of this stuff but it was mixed mostly 3 ply and you had to search for 5 ply (1/4 inch). If I had wanted to not waste so much of their time on a Sunday afternoon I might have bought some 5 ply though. It wasn’t perfect condition stuff like I had pictured but still very usable. He said a man from Charlotte plans to buy some up and re-sell it for $8 per sheet so there might be some money to be made there. I chose to wait and go back another time when I need the stuff. Below you will see the pics from the deal I did get. I told him I would spread the word so if you want to drive just north of Hickory, NC I can give you the info.

Everything you see pictured for $40!!! I said $40.
4 pieces of 6” x 1/2” x 8’ sanded plywood, good for drawer sides (which I will be using for my workshop cabinetry) $1.50 a piece; 2 pieces of 5’X8’ x 3/4” laminated chip core board—one with a nice oak look and the other a grey laminate (which will help build my workshop cabinetry) $10 a piece; 2 pieces of 2’X5’X1 3/8” similar chip core laminated board which I guess will also make some workshop cabinetry but I really only bought it because it was $1.50 a piece; and finally, what I think could be a real winner…solid mdf 2X4X8’s (basically going to use them for workshop table/cabinetry/bench legs or better yet a sheet goods rack framing material…$1 a piece, which makes me smile knowing I didn’t pay $2.50 per at Lowes. What say you?? Should I stock up on more 2×4’s when I go back to get some plywood or maybe some mdf sheets? Thanks for the input Jocks!!

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 05:24 AM

Good to know! If the need arises I may in fact get this gentlemans info from you. Thanks!

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