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07-11-2013 03:05 AM

I was at Roddis today, I never shop there as I go to Paxton. They had a sample of some lumber core setting at the desk. I was impressed. It actually looked very solid, good stuff. I was thinking, this stuff has got to be 70-80 a sheet at least. The entire core was a solid, although light weight, wood. But the veneer is unfinished and I have been sort of spoiled with using pre finished ply with strong UV coating. Very shiny and very durable finish coat. Well, they tell me it is only 32.00 per sheet. UV is running at 50.00 per sheet now. So my ears really perk up. They show the sheets, and they are extremely flat and clean. Looks to be a winner to me. They are running 18.00 less per sheet than plywood UV and the fact they are actually solid wood core is cool. I get lacquer at Pittsburge paints for around 22.00 per gallon. Yes lacquering sheets would be a PITA but it might be worth trying out on a job. The quality seems to me to be higher than what we get with our UV plywood we have been using.

I will try and post a picture of the sample piece they gave me. Anyone have any experience with this plywood? What do you think. I know some customers who really get into ‘what do you use?, you don’t use inferior materials do you?’ would really love knowing their cabinets boxes are made with basically solid wood sides and bottoms.

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 05:28 PM

Interesting! I’m intrigued, haven’t seen this stuff before, and I’m pretty sure it’ll get attention in my house if only ‘cause my wife is big on the notion of real wood (we end up paying the extra for ApplePly for applications where we don’t really need it, ‘cause she loves the notion of more solid cabinets).

My main concern would be wondering how it is for humidity based expansion?

A little Googling and I ran across Rick Christopherson suggesting that the lumber core can have large voids. I want to know more.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 03:50 PM

Lumber core plywood used to be used in furniture manufacturing, but got too expensive. It was replaced with plywood with an MDF core; a little more heavier, but cheaper. I used to use lumber core a lot, but It disappeared from the general market. It is a good stable, flat material which holds nails and screws well.

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 11:46 PM

Certainly this is a situation where you get what you pay for. The stuff I found was solid lumber core, but the core was extremely soft and light weight. Screws did not grab that well at all. I only bought one sheet to give it a try and will not be using it in the future. It was only 30.00.

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 11:53 PM

It was a premium product in the ‘60s & ‘70s. I preferred it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 01:12 AM


My advise is to buy one sheet first and use it in a project. The last lumber core I bought, maybe 20 years ago, had a lauan core made up of pieces maybe 1 1/2” wide and shorter than the length of the ply. There were gaps between many of the core pieces and on their ends. Some of those gaps were as big as 1/8” or seemed to be at the time. The salesman at my lumber supplier told me the quality had fallen off and that was the way it all was. I had them pick all but one sheet up on their next delivery. I’d cut the sheet I didn’t return and I never bought lumber core again.

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 04:14 AM

I salvaged some lumber core material from old console stereos (anyone remember those?) when I worked in a TV repair shop. Those old units were furniture/electronics you cannot find today as most of that is now plastic or veneered MDF.

I added a new layer of veneer to both sides, as the original veneer was badly scarred, to get the final look I wanted!

Lumber core is very stable material and the core can be anything from poplar to aspen or other hardwoods.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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