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Forum topic by Kindlingmaker posted 01-25-2009 06:57 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2009 06:57 AM

Well I went to Home Depot and bought 1/2 and 3/4 sheets of Baltic bruch plywood (pricey) and carefully looked for the made in China id because I have read the other LJ reviews and there was no id, it looked good. In the the shop the 1/2 inch split apart and had voids and the 3/4 was all voids and both are worthless. Money and time spent are for nothing. I will be taking samples of both back to HD and there will be a loud statement made by this old guy to the manager so that all can hear. How can we know the difference ….?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 07:51 AM

I bet I know why…. it’s because it was Baltic Bruch instead of Birch. Just kidding…. I am always going back and correcting my own typing.

I learned the same lesson as you; I bought a sheet of 3/4 a couple of years ago and it was junk. Lucky for me we have a good supplier of high quality Birch ply in the area and that’s who I have purchased from since. i guess cheap is just cheap….. :)

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 08:03 AM

Menards, which is another big home shop in the midwest (I’m not sure how big they are) sells Made in the USA plywood of decent quality.

I picked up a couple small 2’x2’ 1/2” pieces for about 7.50 each the other day. Which isn’t too bad for pre-cut up pieces.

My theory of life when shopping is unless it proudly displays Made In USA, it isn’t. Since Made in USA is the rarity it is typically labeled very visibly.

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 09:05 AM

The stuff I got from Lowes was stamped “Made in China” on the endgrain edge…in light blue ink…that really bleaches out in those high power sodium lights. Anyhow, talk to the manager as the one here gave me a full refund, sight unseen, even on a sheet that I had already cut up! Oh…mine was “Cabinet grade Maple” by the way!

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 05:47 PM

I have to echo Bentlyj’s comment about the number of plys in the plywood. The box stores sell “cabinet grade material” that run from 6 to 10 plys for 3/4 and their 1/2” generally has three. The bottom line is that the number of plys and the stability/quality of the sheet good material are directly related.

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 03:37 AM

The 3/4 ply had 12 plys and a hundred fold more voids. The 1/2” had voids and kept separting between plys. The plywood says birch and the label at the store said baltic birch. Tomorrow it is going back even if it is just dumped on their floor as I walk out!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 05:34 AM

The Frank Miller Lumber Co. in Union City Indiana has baltic birch and I believe that it comes in 5’ x5’ sheets rather than 4’x8’.

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#7 posted 01-27-2009 06:00 AM

I get 4×8 sheets of 1/2,5/8, and 3/4 baltic birch from the local Menards. It is just as good as the 5×5 sheets I get from my local hardwood store. If you go through the stack, you can even find sheets with no footballs on the outer layers.

Home depot only carries made in China crap plywood around here.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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