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DavidNJ

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570 days ago

Hardwood plywood seems pretty expensive. HD has a Chilean pine plywood that seems to have some good and some bad reviews. The manufacturer, Aruaco, thinks it is great.

Nearly all of the 4’x8’ sheets look flat. Both sides are sanded and look decent. However, HD only has the 23/32nds (~3/4”) size. At $32 it is cheaper than MDF.

What do you recommend?


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Carl Webster

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#1 posted 570 days ago

I have used this product to build kitchen cabinets which were stained. It is hard to find, so buy what you need for your project so you want run out of material.

-- Carl in SC

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#2 posted 570 days ago

I have used it as well. I like that it uses waterproof glue.
I don’t like the fact that the providers of this product are all a bunch of cheap skates for not offering 3/4”.
But, that’s not the only product we get rapped over every day.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#3 posted 570 days ago

I read a review about the Auraco plywood some time ago but I can’t remember where. It got pretty good reviews because of the number of plys, few voids, waterproof glue and because the raw material comes from managed forests and there is “sustainable” When I researched it at the time, the company’s only factory had suffered a major fire. They had already planned a new and more productive factory, but of course the ground had not been broken on that one.

I have used it an like it. I have experienced warping of sheets, but that is as sheets, not in finished product. It would not prevent me using it again.

I could swear that I have used 3/4 inch stock, but perhaps it is stock from Ecuador, called Sandply, that Home Depot stocks. I can’t say that the two products are the same raw material, glue, process, etc. because I have read nothing that gives those facts.

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#4 posted 570 days ago

I would go for decent plywood over MDF any day. Up here (Russian) Baltic birch plywood is the way to go. Kinda expensive but ordinary plywood is crap these days.

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DavidNJ

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#5 posted 568 days ago

I can get the 1/2” and 3/4” Arauco at HD and local lumberyard respectively for $31 and $32 respectively. MDF is $26 and $34 in those sizes. Hardwoods are all over the place. HD is in the $45-50 range, the lumberyard $55-$80 for 3/4. The lumber yard has 1/2, HD doesn’t.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 568 days ago

Whatever is available

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 568 days ago

In my area (The northwest) I can get maple 3/4 ply for $20 for 4×8s , not to sure about HD material.

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#8 posted 568 days ago

Wow Jim, where are you getting 3/4” maple 4×8s from? I’d KILL to buy sheets of that for $20 :) Do they ship?

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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exelectrician

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#9 posted 568 days ago

Yes to $20.00 maple 3/4” 4X8 ply – Where can I get this ? I am in Lynnwood WA.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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