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2590 days ago

Hi guys,

My name is David and I’m a newbie on your forum who is really into bus conversions, and post a lot on the forums at www.busnut.com and www.busconversions.com After 3 years of hard work I finally have my bus
converted, so I’m turning my attention to woodworking and hopefully building myself a nice shop in the future, thus I’ve started to hang out here at your forum to get ideas from the pros.

I love woodworking and have a good friend who teaches shop class at a local high school. He has tried numerous places trying to find 3/8” baltic birch in sheets larger than 2’x2’. The local wood supply houses in our area only have 1/2” and 3/4” available. Anyone have any leads on a source for the product.

Thanks,
David

-- David


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2590 days ago

Where are you located?

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#2 posted 2590 days ago

I’m near San Antonio, TX

David

-- David

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WayneC

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#3 posted 2590 days ago

I’m in California. There are quite a few Texas Jocks. Perhaps they have a local source.

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#4 posted 2590 days ago

It looks like it can be found on the web, but shipping may be an issue.

http://www.woodnshop.com/hardwood/Baltic_Birch_Plywood.htm

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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doyoulikegumwood

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#5 posted 2590 days ago

david if your friend can afford it and has room to store it his best bet would be to orderit by the pallet. i do this with oak ply wood simply cuz i use a ton of it and finding a good sheet at home depote or lowes is almost a a never ending story just a thought most any lumber yard will order in full pallets if your willing to buy the whole pallet then aging i dont know how much of it your friend needs

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#6 posted 2589 days ago

Thanks guys,

Yea that shipping would be a problem. I’ll see if he can get the local wood supplier in San Antonio to buy a pallet. Seems like they would sell it anyway. He is kind of limited in where he can establish a school account. The paperwork to establish a new account is almost beyond belief. Typical government beareaucracy.

-- David

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Karson

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#7 posted 2589 days ago

Try contacting the MFG or wholesale distributors and ask them for local people. A lot of times this stuff is used in comercial applications and they buy in large quantities.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 2589 days ago

I just got off the phone with a plywood distributor in San Antonio. He supplies lumber yards in south Texas. He said Baltic Birch is in extreme demand and is in a shortage right now. He was completely out and waiting for a shipment for over 3 weeks and is on some sort of allocation for the product.

However, he doesn’t sell 3/8” and to get a pallet is 44 sheets, way too much for the school to buy.

Not looking too good right now, is it?

-- David

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#9 posted 2589 days ago

Maybe they can change the dimensions of the projects to use a different size plywood. How is the availability of 1/2” or 3/4” ? Maybe they can use another type of plywood instead, like oak or mahogany or maple?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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doyoulikegumwood

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#10 posted 2588 days ago

you know what it dosent saprize me the price per sheet has gone up at my local lumber yard if this is for cabnets ive been useing a pre finished maple i get from the lumber yard in town i like it cuz thier no finishing the inside of cannets when im dun and it looks great

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#11 posted 2588 days ago

Thanks Bill,

I’ll mention the maple and mahogany. He mainly needs a product that has no voids in the plies.

-- David

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