Sheetgood grades and flatness

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158 days ago

I need some flat sheet goods. I believe that baltic birch is considered to be reliable in terms of its flatness (although it is not always the thickness it is advertised to be…that is OK for me). Are there any lesser grades of sheet goods that are also reliably flat?

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#1 posted 158 days ago

Veneered MDF may be an option. I don’t know whats available in your area but may be more cost effective.

Otherwise, Baltic birch.

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#2 posted 158 days ago

I like Appleply better than the baltic birch for flatness. There is 3/4”
ply available now which has 1/8” layers of mdf under the surface
veneers. While it does make it heavier, it’s pretty flat stuff for ply.

Call a plywood specialty dealer (in the b2b phone book at the library
if internet searches don’t work for you). The brands dealers
carry vary but if you explain your criteria they’ll very likely have
something. The prices are often pretty good too.


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#3 posted 158 days ago

As much as I like the idea of Appleply, I don’t know if I would trust it as I have seen Appleply de-laminate while still in the store…

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