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Forum topic by JetJunkie posted 07-31-2009 06:06 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2009 06:06 PM

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I am going to need a pretty large amount of birch and red oak plywood. Mostly the 3/4 variety. The big box stores are no less that $55 per sheet. Has anyone found a better source, where the veneer is high quality and the price is better than the norm?


-- Nathan, Indiana, (new site coming soon)

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 06:27 PM

Suggest you consider quality over price and check out you local hardwood dealers. In my experience, they won’t be much higher than the big boxes.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 12:45 AM

The other thing is that if you need a large amount of ply local hardwood dealers have a tendency to give discounts for bulk orders. Just a suggestion, good luck.

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 03:57 AM

If you have a Menards’s near you they sell 3/4” birch for $39 a sheet. It’s Chinese plywood, but the pieces at the one near me had a nice-looking birch face. Birds-eye figure in fact. Of course, the veneer is paper-thin but the sheets appear to be stable.

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 04:26 AM

I agree with Gene, if you want quality ply you really need to look at the hardwood dealers in your area. I have used some of the stuff from the big box stores and find its terrible. Sometimes the veneer is so thin that it cracks and you really have to be careful sanding it. Another idea is you might have a woodworkers guild or club around you and sometimes when you join, the hardwood dealers will give you a discount because you are a member. There is a group like that here, and the lumber dealer will sell the wood at a wholesale price so its a great benefit to belong to the guild/club.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 05:00 AM

SnowyRiver is right!!! At least a look at a local lumber yard and NOT A BORG.

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 05:41 AM

Go to the local hardwood dealers and tell them that you are a woodworker and you want to open an account. Ask what the professional price is for the ply and then ask if there is a qty discount. After you get that make sure the delivery is FREE.

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 10:01 PM

Thanks so much for all the replies. Very helpful. I really appreciate it.

-- Nathan, Indiana, (new site coming soon)

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#8 posted 08-14-2009 03:23 AM

Sorry guys, I had nothing but bad experience with chinese plywood from Lowes. Something in it that took the edge off every carbide tool I stuck into it. Never again.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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