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Forum topic by Mason posted 08-07-2007 11:58 AM 6869 views 0 times favorited 76 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2007 11:58 AM

I’m a marketing of plywood from China.
I’d like to share some of your opinions to Chinese plywood .

Mason Pan

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#1 posted 08-07-2007 01:32 PM

hey Mase:

Can you show us some examples. There’s got to be more to Chinese plywood than what we see in Home Depot.

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#2 posted 08-08-2007 02:17 AM

China is the only place they put melamine in the dog food and not in the plywood.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 03:32 AM

Yes, There are a lot of pictures in my another blog .
You can check it .

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#4 posted 08-08-2007 05:12 AM

More spam…oh no!

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#5 posted 08-17-2007 09:06 AM

In the views of most foreign customers, Chinese plywood are all low quality . But in fact, Chinese plywood can be high quality to your expectation .

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#6 posted 08-17-2007 01:23 PM

Mason Pan:
The sample in your picture on your website shows poor quality finish.
How could the real board be any better?
There great big scratches on it going right across the plywood face.
There is even a big nick in the veneer showing me how thin it really is.
The veneer is damaged by the saw blade perhaps because it is too thin to cut properly.

I am convinced that you guys really don’t know what quality is.
Or… maybe you think we don’t.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 08-17-2007 03:50 PM

I’ve used Chinese Plywood twice. Both times it was full of voids and useless, ruining the project that it was being used for. Not only are products made in China viewed as being poor quality, in most cases they are.

You’re right though, Mason. Chinese plywood can be higher quality than my expectation. It could only have 15 voids in it instead of 30.

Thanks for posting, but China has the worst quality control that we know of. Even if your website showed beautiful boards, the chance of getting same is about zilch.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 08-20-2007 12:03 PM

Thank you for your reply and feedbacks .
The quality of Chinese plywood,film faced plywood,blockboard are so different (from low quality to high quality) . Customers also want products of from low quality to high quality because their usages are different . For example, some customers want blockboard to stick HPL or something other to the board , so they will want medium quality blockboard to reduce their costs .

The quality of raw materials for plywood/film faced plywood/blockboard are quite different , too .
Sometimes,the quality problems occurred because there were misunderstandings between the importers and exporters . So, it’s better for the importers to pay a visit to the factory to check the quality before importation .

China Plywood Industry has been fast developping for over 10 years . The big facories can produce high quality plywood/film faced plywood/blockboard . Some Chinese plywood factories are small facories . I think these small factories may bankrupt within 2 years because government changed the tax policy to restrict the development of these small factories whose quality control are weak .

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#9 posted 08-24-2007 08:03 PM

Me thinks it’s not too good. – but if Lowes and Home Depot can get the best price on it, it may become all we have access to.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 08-26-2007 12:14 AM

Sigh…sad how it comes down to just price. You can have price, or quality, but not usually both.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 08-26-2007 12:18 AM

Double post

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#12 posted 08-26-2007 03:26 AM

The way things are being recalled from China , I think i will pass. LOL
Plus i prefer using reclaimed wood because it is free.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#13 posted 08-26-2007 04:05 AM

If I buy Chinese plywood, can I get it pre-painted with lead-based paint? :) Then I could build some stuff for my daughter out of it.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#14 posted 08-27-2007 04:38 AM

Anything you buy from China is a piece of S—t

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#15 posted 08-30-2007 11:47 PM

at first, I thought Mason’s post was just spam. Then, I can see that he really wanted some feedback. Looks like he has gotten quite a bit already, and I can’t argue with any of it. I wish you guys would say what you really mean, and quit being so nice…har har.

I prefer to use high quality, low void plywood, with as thick of a veneer as possible to get, with the same wood all the way through the plywood. Also, I do not like to see reddish colored glue showing through the thin veneer face. I do not want to see big splotches of ugly non-matching putty covering up voids, nor lemon shaped patches covering up knots.

Another problem I have experienced with the Chinese plywood, is the problem of big dents and scratches. I haven’t blamed the manufacturer, because who is to know where it ended up happening, but it absolutely ruins a piece of plywood for my purposes.

A really annoying problem is the wood dust. I seem to just sneeze and sneeze once I cut Chinese plywood. Their wood filler layers are just something that makes me sneeze. It isn’t just me, other Kansas woodworkers have the same sneezing problem.

I think if Mason wants to sell plywood, he should contact the Chinese manufacturers of furniture, as they seem to go together well, and should make a perfect match. Selling their boxed products in big shipping containers to Americans without any taste, or eye for quality..

As for the rest of us, we get what we pay for. If we want something, we have to pay for it, and use it. If we buy the cheap stuff, the suppliers will stock it. If we constantly say “no” to something they have in stock, they might stop and try to figure out what we want.

But, I fear that for most of us, we buy a sheet or two here and there. Maybe half a dozen sheets once a year. So, nobody listens to us, and the big guys call the shots. They want to reduce the cost of each piece of crappy furniture they machine and put in a box for the customer to assemble, so Big Box stores will stock, and Americans will buy it. Then, the rest of us only get to buy what is made for the big manufacturers.

Supply follows demand.

I’d like to think that if we Demand what we want, the successful supplier will listen. Unfortunately, with plywood, and so many other things, my little voice, or a whole bunch of little voices don’t affect the bottom line of anyone’s company, so we have no voice.

I tend to agree with Don, that is until my Ford Ranger’s transmission decided to shoot craps this week. I found out that the transmission is made by Mazda. So, now I don’t feel that the Chinese have the sole position as the world’s foremost makers of crap. Now, that being said, I’m sure you can not lump all people of entire country into one pool, and label it. I’m merely trying to be humorous. I would sure like to think that people don’t look at the worst of American manufacturing and decide that we all make crap too. Also, I’m sure that there are very nice people in China, and not everyone is out to swap out quality products and put in fake products as soon as the inspectors have gone home for the night, or went to lunch. I mean who in their right mind could mess with the paint on something as special and iconic as Thomas the Train Engine?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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