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01-10-2014 12:47 AM

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I recently purchased a sheet of 1/2 inch white wood from a big box store. I know this stuff comes from China and that the species can be anything as long as it’s white. When I bought this sheet I noticed that on one side there was some kind of a white coating, it almost lools like some kind of flat primer. Does anyone know what this is and know how this would react to gluing. I bought this for making jigs and fixtures. I know it’s not as good as baltic birch but for what I’m doing it should work fine. My only concern is whether or not that coating is going to effect glue ups.
Any help would be appreciated.
(if nobody’s tried gluing the stuff up I’ll do some tests and report the results here)

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 01:48 AM

I was in my local HoDePo a couple months ago and they were selling “white wood” 2×4’s.
I had to laugh at how sad it was.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 02:00 AM

It’s a shame that we can’t even make sheet goods here anymore.

There is actually a plywood manufacturer local to me in whitehall ny.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 02:06 AM

Here’s an interesting read on Chinese plywood:

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 03:41 AM

I bought some plywood from lowe’s recently and it was coated with white primer on one side. I hadn’t even considered how it would affect glue-ups, so I’m glad you brought it up. I would think it would be best to sand the paint off first.

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