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02-08-2015 07:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip pine

I don’t know if anyone has heard of this, but some Home Depots are carrying something called a Pine Plywood. I’ve never heard of it, but for the price of $35 for a 4×8, 3/4” sheet, 11 ply, void-free as far as I can see, super smooth, it was well worth the purchase. It’s actually what I used to make my Drill Press Cabinet (well, most of it anyways). The veneer is thin, but it’s the same as all the others available from all the big box stores around me. This is by far better than anything either store offers and heck of a lot cheaper. Well, you kind of know what that means; yes, it is made in China. With the availability of lumber being scarce in my area, I’m not going to spend $50 on void-filled, supposedly cabinet grade, ply when I can get much better for much cheaper. I hope the surrounding plywood suppliers step up their game. I don’t mind spending the money if the quality is there. Just thought I would pass this along if you have a tight budget. (you can’t find it on HD’s website. It is carried by the participating stores).


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#1 posted 02-08-2015 07:37 PM

Please give us a PLU number, mfg. number or a store part number.
It would also help if you posted a picture of different profiles of the plywood.

All I can find at any of the online stores is the “white wood” Chinese stuff. Both Home Depot and Lowes. I have also found AC, Common and BC plywood, none of which is 11 ply.

Please help.

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 09:13 PM

Sure. Here’s a left-over panel I have of the Pine Ply plus the Barcode sticker. The dark spots are just burn marks from HD’s panel cutting saw.

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 09:28 PM

looks good, wonder if it would be as good as birch ply for jigs and such.

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 09:45 PM

wow, I wonder what chemical wastes are in it?? What is the lead content? :-)

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 09:56 PM

I wouldn’t buy that. Home Depot carries Columbia Forest Plywood made in the US that is actually good quality for $40-50/sheet. Spend the extra $10 and you even get a hardwood outer ply layer.

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 09:57 PM

I’ve already glued up two panels to form my drill press table. So far, it’s looking great and very solid. It’s also heavier than all the 3/4” ply I have, which isn’t saying much, but is roughly equal to the weight of my Maple ply I have remaining from a while back.

And goochs, don’t think that I haven’t thought about that already. lol. I also wonder what glue and chemicals have been infused with it to get it through customs. So far, it’s working out great and look forward to building more stuff with it until someone else can match its quality locally.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 09:59 PM

jmartel, my HD’s (3 of them) don’t carry any of the good ply. One store used to get the Columbia Forest Plywood, but doesn’t anymore. That’s where I bought my Maple ply to build my entertainment center. I wish they would carry it again, but for me, this new product is my only option. :-/ Everything else has been a total crapshoot.

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#8 posted 02-08-2015 10:02 PM

Perhaps where you get your ply at $35 a sheet is cheap but I get 13 ply birch in my area at $38.00 all the time,made in the USA.

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#9 posted 02-09-2015 12:18 AM

Tis a shame how plywood has become so ridiculously priced. A1, you’re in a good part of the country at that price, and, the bonus of it being made in our good ole USA.

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#10 posted 02-09-2015 12:53 AM

According to the spec sheet it is 7 plies, not eleven and from reading the rest of the spec sheet, looks about like AC exterior ply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/ARAUCO-Cabinet-Grade-Plywood-Common-23-32-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Actual-0-688-in-x-48-in-x-96-in-799397/202677224?keyword=175-171

Spec PDF

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#11 posted 02-09-2015 01:17 AM

I have the photos…you can see for yourself it’s more than 7 piles. It’s definitely not the photo you have linked, but HD is known for not having the correct photo for the respective product.

2 layers of the ply glued together for my Drill Press Table.

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#12 posted 02-09-2015 01:31 AM

Don’t anyone look now, but if you have upholstered furniture in your home, there is a good chance that if any of it has plywood in it, that plywood came from China. I was using it as far back as 2006 for Catnapper and Ashley. Also used by La-Z-Boy and many others. It is pretty much an industry standard these days, that or MDF.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 02-09-2015 01:31 AM

Rayne, I’m not doubting you, but I’ve never had that problem at HD before.

I like how it looks, I would just like to know more about it

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#14 posted 02-09-2015 01:35 AM

US workers pay US taxes which in turn help to pay for the roads that we all use. Chinese workersare paid a pittance, and taxes they pay support a regime that has a 50 year plan to turn us into a giant cow pasture. So enjoy that ten-dollar savings. Wonder what the laid-off plywood mill workers are eating tonight…

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#15 posted 02-09-2015 01:49 AM

I’m sure you have never patronized a Wal-Mart or a Harbor Freight either? Im also confident your shop does not have at least a few Chinese/Taiwanese tools in it.


US workers pay US taxes which in turn help to pay for the roads that we all use. Chinese workersare paid a pittance, and taxes they pay support a regime that has a 50 year plan to turn us into a giant cow pasture. So enjoy that ten-dollar savings. Wonder what the laid-off plywood mill workers are eating tonight…

- fuigb


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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