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05-04-2009 05:56 AM

Recently I was asked to build two twin size murphy beds for my friends daughters. He will be painting the beds himself and asked me to try and keep the cost down. I was considering using 18mm Agathis plywood from HD. It looked like decent plywood (for HD) and the price was right. Before I go out and purchase the my supplies, I was interested to see if any of you have used Agathis Ply before and what your opinion of it was.


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#1 posted 05-04-2009 06:06 AM

I just read a blog on Ljs about Chinese plywood in HD and it was considered very inferior plus the possibilities of it contending formaldehyde an or other less than desirable contents . One photo showed a metal blade inside the plywood. Here’s a link

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 06:34 AM

I couldn’t find any favorable comments about the product online.Apparently it is a softwood (type of Pine) , mostly made in China . After the recent news about sheetrock from China , I would be hesitant to purchase anything from them.

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 04:07 PM

I’ve used it quite a bit. It works fine for secondary wood or for painted pieces. The outside layer is rather chippy when cut, but clear, and as you said, quite a bit cheaper. It is probably what I would use for the project you described. BTW, Hello everyone! My first post!

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 04:21 PM

I’ve been using HD construction-grade Birch plywood – $20 in Los Angeles, and $29 in Boston (for a 4×8 sheet) I’ve used it for several projects, with quite satisfying success. it’s far from the best material, but if you edge it, and carefully cut it (zero clearance inserts, blue tape, pre-scoring cuts) there are little to no tear outs.

being Birch, it also has a nice grain look, which might eliminate the need to paint over it, but it should take paint just as well.

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 05:37 PM

Thanks for the input. I’ll probably go with birch plywood. I’ve worked with it before and know what to expect. And really, the cost isn’t that much more.

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 01:47 AM

Its like anything in the stores these days/. You get what you pay for. I have lots of experience with Chinese hardwood plywood and it does the job for a price. There is better material available, but you have to decide how much you want to spend. If its something simple like a bookcase, my experience is that it works fine. If its something very detailed then I would think twice about what i wanted to buy. I have had problems with both domestic and imported and I would say that the 80 20 rule applies. 80% of my problems come from 20% of the sheets, you have to be careful and watch what you are doing. These import panels are not very forgiving and you need to have your craftsman hat on to do a good job with them. You can spend tons more $ but my opinion is that unless its a custom architectural layup, the imports have dominated the market and now the domestics are being “dumbed down” to match the imports.


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#7 posted 05-28-2009 06:22 PM

Living near a store that sells tools that are prdominately made inChina gives me ample opportunity to check out their workmanship as well as the quality of their materials. I have purchased several items from this store for one time (throw away) aplications and found them to be inferior in both respects. Caveat emptor!
Good luck,

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