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BenoitM

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02-24-2014 09:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood furniture quality grade

I want to build this pantry in my garage:

It’s kind of big (7’ x 48” x 24”). I may be wrong but 3/4” plywood seems to be the best choice.

I don’t want to paint it, just a light finish. The question is what kind of plywood should I use? And where can I buy it? The plywood we can find at HD or similar stores does not look good enough to me. I found this: http://www.langevinforest.com/en/products/woods/baltic-birch but it’s expensive (70$ a sheet) and looks almost too nice for this kind of furniture.

Is there something in between?

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/


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#1 posted 02-24-2014 09:36 PM

Yes, cabinet making sheets are expensive especially if you want both sides to be nice. But a lot cheaper than the real wood. You can make it out of AC plywood and may be go with 1/2” or 5/8”. There are plenty of dividers and shelves that should hold it together. I will be very heavy if 3/4” was utilized.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 09:45 PM

Menards has ‘tigerply’
WHich is basically Chinese Baltic Birch.

I would go for the real mcCoy Baltic Birch. it holds screws well, is dead flat, and can take a nice finish.
Looks like you will 4-5 sheets.
So if you go cheap on the ply you might save 70-80 bucks (maybe 15/sheet) but be stuck with the project – chinese ply has a history of delaminating..

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BenoitM

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 09:48 PM

Thanks for the advice! for sure 1/2” is a lot cheaper than 3/4”. Could I use 5/8” for the box and 1/2” for the shelves and dividers?

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 09:57 PM

Hmm. not for the 2’ section selves unless you don’t plan to put heavy stuff like gallon pint cans on it. It could ne done if you have enough bracing underneath; maybe 1×2’s.

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 10:19 PM

What kind of ply does your Home Depot carry? Mine carries US made Columbia Forest Products ply which is good stuff.

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 10:33 PM

I would go with 3/4” for the majority of the build. The cubbies on the bottom could be 5/8 as well as the rails on the doors. This looks to be a permanent fixture, 3/4” is the standard for cabinets. This is a nice looking pantry dont cheap out on the construction materials.

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 10:41 PM

jumbo is right. If you want it to be there forever, use the 3/4 but not on the little stuff.
This might help you with your choices:
http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/cabinets/styles/kitchen-cabinet-material-types/

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 04:17 AM

My local lumber yard has what they call Varsity Birch. It is 3/4 and has more plies than the AC fir plywood we commonly see. It is a little hirer than AC but still reasonable. It doesn’t have as many plies as the Baltic Birch has but it still a good product. I would look for something like this. It has a good outer surface and it will varnish out nicely.

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BenoitM

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 12:55 PM

Thanks a lot for all the useful advices! I’ll see what I can find, worst case scenario I’ll go with Baltic Birch.

I have another question though: would it be ok to use a 1/2” or even 1/4” panel for the back?

Thanks!

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/

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mahdee

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 01:09 PM

Yes, the backing mostly serves as a stabilizer. 1/2” should do just fine.

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#11 posted 02-26-2014 03:34 AM

Here is project right up your alley. I made it with 3/4 cabinet grade oak ply. This is probably one of the most useful things in my shop.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77413

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BenoitM

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 03:01 PM

Bought the wood today (Baltic birch after all), delivered tomorrow… Can’t wait to start :-)

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/

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#13 posted 02-27-2014 04:08 PM

Are you going with your original design?

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BenoitM

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#14 posted 02-27-2014 04:10 PM

More or less yes, I took mostly 3/4” except 1/2” for the back and 5/8” for the doors shelves and the wine rack.

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/

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#15 posted 02-27-2014 04:21 PM

I am sure you will be very happy with it, I know I am happy with mine. Tons of storage and not much shop fllor taken up. Be sure to post pictures.

-- Making progress

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