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firefighterontheside

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338 days ago

I just bought my first baltic birch. I am not short at over 5’ 10”, but I can barely move the stuff around my shop. Who ever thought to make this stuff 5 by 5 must have been very tall. Have never used the stuff, but I am going to build a storage shelf unit for LP records like you used to see in record stores. Anyone have any recommendations to go along with using baltic birch or is it pretty easy to work with. I plan to round over a lot of edges. Is this done easily on baltic birch?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.


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404 - Not Found

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#1 posted 338 days ago

In my experience, BB ply is the nicest of the plies to work with. It will rout and sand well, if you are looking for a timber to almost match it, use maple.

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 338 days ago

Best for projects requiring a fair bit of precision and flatness; that’s what you’re paying for.

If you have a full-size van, Econoline, etc, or any pickup with a cap on the back, you’re not getting a full sheet home in one piece.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Loren

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#3 posted 338 days ago

It’s metric. 1500mm I think.

In some ways it works better than solid wood. It takes
detail on the edges well.

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 338 days ago

BB ply is great.
The edges can splinter if you’re not careful with them. It takes edge details just fine.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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nwbusa

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#5 posted 338 days ago

BB is good stuff. Flat, void free, and works well. I’m about your height, I just stand the sheets up, spread my arms and hoist is up against my chest. Not the most graceful way to move it but it gets the job done.

-- John, BC, Canada

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#6 posted 337 days ago

It is also available in 4×8 sheets now in most places. That is all I buy currently. 5×5 sheets were the product of drawer box, and cabinet yields in certain cabinet systems about 10 years ago. Now, with under mount guides changing yields, 4×8 sheets are common.

-- Who is John Galt?

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 337 days ago

Great stuff but very pricey still if you want the best then buy baltic.You can also buy finished mdf with both sides or one side finished with a nice veneer to it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 337 days ago

Appleply is pretty much the american version of baltic birch. It’s just as nice. Maybe a bit nicer as the faces have maple and are very smooth. $$$ though.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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RogerInColorado

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#9 posted 336 days ago

Appleply may or may not be more expensive than Baltic birch. Need to compare price for 32 square feet of apple ply vs 25 square feet of Baltic birch. Wouldn’t hurt to at least do a quick and dirty estimate of the waste for both sizes.

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 336 days ago

I have radiused lots of edges on BB ply. it can splinter but it isn’t bad about that. take it easy and keep the grain straight and you are usually okay.

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MrRon

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#11 posted 335 days ago

Be careful if you buy BB locally. Some dealers precut panels into handy sizes. If you see panels that measure 15×30, then it will be BB. But if you see panels cut to a size like 24×48, or 12×12, or 24×36, then they were cut from a 4’x8’ sheet that came either from here or China. Only BB comes in 60×60 sheets.

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Jerry

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#12 posted 335 days ago

We use it to build dovetail drawers a lot. It machines well with router.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Moron

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#13 posted 335 days ago

try a 5’ x 10’ x 3” sheet of MDF with cherry veneer on both sides

300 sheets later a sheet of 5×5 seems as light as a popcorn fart

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

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