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11-06-2014 05:32 PM

Is there other plywood types that most likely not to have voids other than Baltic Birch Plywood?


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#1 posted 11-06-2014 06:20 PM

You can get quality plywood in almost any material. You just have to do a little homework on how wood is graded.

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 06:32 PM



You can get quality plywood in almost any material. You just have to do a little homework on how wood is graded.

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- timbertailor


I’m talking about the inner plys,many have voids in the core that when cut you see a hole which means,edge banding or putty in the hole,baltic birch doesn’t have those for the most part;or there other types like that?

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 06:41 PM

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Wood_Handbook.html
This is the bible of wood, including plywood. Appleply is a plywood that has no voids. Be aware, (I’m quite sure) that true Baltic Birch plywood comes in 5×5 foot sheets and is measured in metric dimensions. If you see “Baltic birch” in 4×8 foot sheets, that is not Baltic birch, but a sheet made up of birch wood and may have voids unless it’s cabinet grade. Any cabinet grade plywood will be free of voids and cost much more.

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#4 posted 11-06-2014 07:00 PM

You’re likely to have the most success finding good plywood by staying away from any big box store as low price is much higher on their list of priorities than quality.

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#5 posted 11-06-2014 07:00 PM

I have been using a product called AraucoPly. It is made from a sustainable plantation grown trees. But, enough with that part. It is a very good plywood with very good surface and very few voids. Surface plys are thick and with very few defects. The 3/4” material is actually 31/32” with 9 layers and the face is 1/8” thick.

I have been using it for several years now and really like it for building almost anything. I get mine from Menards which is an upper Midwest company.

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 07:06 PM

This stock comes to us from Northern Russia, and is also known as Russian Birch Plywood. Customarily, Baltic Birch has been available as a 5×5 product, but more and more 4×8 material is becoming available every day.

http://www.lumberpeople.com/Home/OurProducts/BalticBirchPlywood/tabid/167/Default.aspx

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 07:38 PM

The cabinet grade plywood from Columbia Forest Products has very few (if any) voids. I have yet to see one after using quite a bit of it (30 sheets or so in hardwood veneers). But that’s not to say it’s void-free, just has a a lot fewer than you will find elsewhere. Someone else mentioned Apple-Ply, from States industries; they list it as void-free. I think you may be able to order 2×4’ pieces of it from HD.

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 08:14 PM

Appleply is void free – - but not really different than Baltic Birch/Russian

However I have seen that you can get it with a veneer face in Cherry, Maple or Red Oak.
http://www.buyappleply.com/
http://www.crosscuthardwoods.com/multi-ply.html

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#9 posted 11-08-2014 06:00 AM

Marine grade plywoods are void free. Brynzeel (sp?) is one well kinown brand, but there are others. Oddly, the best marine grade plywoods come from Holland and Israel, neither of which have tropical hardwood forests.

In Bellingham, we have a coop plywood mill that makes hardwood faced plywoods with cottonwood cores. Since the PNW is a wooden boatbuilding area, I’ve never understood why they don’t make high quality marine plywoods. Sure they’d have to import the veneers—but so do the other premium plywood mills.

It should also be noted that marine plywoods have thick face veneers, unlike the paper thin faces on the BORG plywoods.

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#10 posted 11-09-2014 06:12 PM



I have been using a product called AraucoPly. It is made from a sustainable plantation grown trees. But, enough with that part. It is a very good plywood with very good surface and very few voids. Surface plys are thick and with very few defects. The 3/4” material is actually 31/32” with 9 layers and the face is 1/8” thick.

I have been using it for several years now and really like it for building almost anything. I get mine from Menards which is an upper Midwest company.

- Redoak49


I have also been using Araucoply. Great stuff. It is made from Radiata pine, also known as Monterey pine and is native to Chile, New Zealand and Africa. The Araucoply I got was imported from Chile. Lowes used to carry it, but no more.

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