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Forum topic by tsdahc posted 02-28-2013 02:18 AM 929 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2013 02:18 AM

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So I am building a tool cabinet to go under my newly built, partially finished workbench. I am using whatever wood and plywood I have on hand. I found some maple/birch plywood that I got from HD 4 years ago for a project around the house. I looked at it and noticed it had 11 layers. This got me thinking how many did the new sheet of maple pure bond ply have. Both sheets were supposed to be .75 inches. The Chinese maple ply came in at .678 and the us made pure bond was .701, neither had full 3/4. So I counted up the layers in the new ply and it has 7. So how do you take a crappy Chinese product and make it better? Apparently take away 4 layers of ply, say its made in the US and then charge more that’s how. It would’ve been nice if pure bond would actually step up and make a better product. Yes they say they are fermeldhyde free but thats about all they got. I know people are going to say that’s what you get with big box lumber and ply, and I agree, but I’m also not spending $100 on a sheet of ply for garage fixtures. Rant over, now ill get back to making my nice inexpensive plywood tool chest.
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#1 posted 02-28-2013 10:21 AM

This is why I use nothing but Russian Baltic Birch plywood. It has more layers without all of the imperfections but it is in 5’ x 5’ sheets, however, the layers are very consistent in thickness. I just can’t bring myself to use the Chinese even though it is a bit cheaper.

A good question, “Is there an American plywood that is quality?” or has everyone just accepted the fact that the inside layers can be full of knots and holes?

Don’t get me started on the decay of American Manufacturing.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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