Baltic Birch - Maybe?

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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 06-18-2009 10:19 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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06-18-2009 10:19 PM

I was at a local Surplus & Salvage Store yesterday and was checking out their building materials. Found a couple of interesting items – cherry plywood with MDF core (had heard of this but never seen it anywhere – wow, that must be heavy to work with!!!) and a 4×8 sheet marked “birch” for $74.99. As I looked at this “birch” plywood, I counted the plies and it had either 13 or 15, hard to tell because the edges were a little dirty. I certainly don’t have that much experience buying sheet goods but it seems to me that this must be Baltic Birch – I don’t know of any other plywood with that number of plies.

They also had 5/8” T-111 with either 4” or 8” OC grooves for $13.99 and some real nice looking AC plywood for $19.99, I think. Sure wish I had a pickup truck but maybe not – still wouldn’t have any place at home to store it.

What do you think about the birch plywood – Baltic Birch?


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#1 posted 06-18-2009 10:26 PM

They have “China Birch” that has about that many plies. My lumber supplier just started carrying another plywood from China, called Dragon Ply, that has about half as many plies and is a lot more stable, less full of knot holes and so far, has remained very flat. $30. I’ve been more pleased with this than the China Birch. Judging from the price you listed, I would guess that it is Baltic birch.

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 03:44 AM

I would guess that it’s just a higher grade china ply. A sure way to tell is look at the top and bottom layers. They should be the same thickness as the rest of the plies, and not a thin veneer.

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 04:23 AM

I’d also bet it is China made. Baltic Birch is usually 9 plys and comes in 5’ X 5’ Sheets. If what you saw was in 4 X 8 sheets, it is not Baltic Birch.

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 06:28 AM

Yup , it’s from across the pond…it sounds like the stuff I used to distribute at my last job…isn’t there a stamp on one of the edges ? If I remember correctly , it comes from Indonesia .We had a lot of mold issues with it because it would get wet during its journey across the pond .If you’ve ever seen a warped board , you should see an entire unit of that plywood curled up ! It was a real B** to stack in the warehouse ! Some of the units were perfect though : )

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