|Forum topic by MrRon||posted 02-23-2014 07:54 PM||807 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
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?