|Forum topic by Bob in Salem||posted 06-09-2009 06:46 AM||862 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
06-09-2009 06:46 AM
I just bought a bunch of 5×2 ft sheets of 1/8” Baltic Birch and I’m finding the thickness various from .110 to .125”. My project utilizes push together slot joints that can be taken apart and put back together. Ideally I’d like the pieces to be snug enough to stay but not so snug you can’t get it together or apart. I’m using my new digital caliper and wondering how I got by without one. However, if I could find a source for some ply that is more consistent I’d switch to that. I tried a sheet of meranti 1/4” or some metric thickness, (4 mm?) can’t remember but it seems to be more consistent than the birch. Uglier but more consistent. I’d rather not get any thicker than 1/4” Any ideas?
Also, I noticed how one small piece that sat out in the rain overnight swelled to about twice its thickness then within a day it was almost back to normal.
I live in Oregon and one day it’s 80 degrees and the next day it’s cold and rainy. I’m guessing this stuff fluctuates more than I know.
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