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09-19-2014 04:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood albany troy capital district upstate ny

Hello all,

I live near Albany / Troy, NY and am going to be making some shop cabinets and shelving. Anyone know of a place to get decent shop grade plywood in the area, that is higher quality / ply’s than Home Depot but cheaper than the hardwood plywood at Curtis Lumber.

thanks!


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#1 posted 09-19-2014 04:29 PM

I’ve found the 3/4” plywood at Lowes/HD to be fine for shop furniture. I usually pick the birch/maple ply, or if they have the sandeply, that also works well. The pine “cabinet-grade” or “paint-grade” ply they sell has never done anything but piss me off. Every time I cut it, it warps.

What don’t you like about their plywood?

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 06:43 PM

Probably the massive voids even in their best quality plywood, I swear I cut 2 out 3 pieces of their birch ply the last time I went to Lowes and had a void of 12” in the center of the sheets no lie, wish I had taken pictures I brought that crap back and got my money back after fighting with the manager for 20 minutes. Its bad enough it costs almost $55 a sheet then with voids that large you can pretty much count on no structural integrity in the build at all.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 06:44 PM

Oh and JeffS if you do happen to find a place let me know I’ve been looking for the same thing.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 11:13 AM

Curtis has a pretty good selection. There’s a place in Pulaski called Lakeshore Hardwoods that has a good reputation…never been there.

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 02:47 AM

Yes, voids are an issue with the box store stuff, and like Nick stated, at $55 a sheet, I’d rather spend $65 at Curtis for some decent birch ply.

Really I’m just curious if someone knows of any other resources, since there seems to be so few in the area for plywood!

Thanks!

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 01:39 PM

Interesting. I don’t have a source around here for anything between Lowes/HD and ordering $100+ sheets. So, I usually opt for the $50 sheets from the big box. I’ve seen small voids but never 12”. Maybe I’ve been lucky but I’ve never found a void that made the plywood near unusable.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 03:34 PM

Right. I’m not saying the big box stuff is unusable, but was just curious if anyone had any other sources. Seems like the answer is no!


Interesting. I don t have a source around here for anything between Lowes/HD and ordering $100+ sheets. So, I usually opt for the $50 sheets from the big box. I ve seen small voids but never 12”. Maybe I ve been lucky but I ve never found a void that made the plywood near unusable.

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 03:48 PM

From the sounds of it, though, I wish I had a Curtis around here. I remember going to Curtis as a kid with my dad when we lived in Clifton Park, but that was maybe 25 years ago.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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