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Forum topic by MrRon posted 02-23-2014 07:54 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 07:54 PM

I use a lot of plywood in my projects and generally use Baltic Birch, but wondering if there are better plywoods available. I know there is a Russian birch and a Finnish birch and maybe some others from the Baltic countries. Here at home there is a birch plywood that comes in 4×8 sheets (BB comes in 60×60 panels).

Is the domestic birch comparable to the imported birch?

My requirements are: The layers must not delaminate; There must not be any voids; The surfaces must be dead flat and stay that way. I use plywood from 1/8” (3mm) up to 3/4” (18mm). Football patches are acceptable.

I don’t have many sources available locally, other than Lowes, Home Depot and a few lumber yards that carry the domestic variety. I have found defects in the domestic (imported from China) variety. I have been ordering Baltic Birch from the internet. Appleply is a plywood that appears to be pretty good.

I did find a real good 1/4” plywood available from Lowes (special order/pallet load) at around $30 a sheet (4×8). Way too much.

In particular, I turn plywood blanks with a profile, so voids and delamination are of great importance. I have seen some plywood that had uneven thicknesses measured in various points on the sheet; also no good. I guess what I’m really looking for, if such a thing exists, is a perfect sheet of plywood. Baltic birch comes close, but is there anything better that you know of?

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 09:26 PM


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#2 posted 02-23-2014 09:29 PM

My Home Depot carries Columbia brand ply. Good stuff. The occasional small void, but it’s very rare that I find one. Good prices too. About $40 for a 3/4” 4×8’ sheet of Maple ply.

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