On 7/13/2011 2:35 AM, email@example.com wrote:
> latex, the grain swelled to the point it looked like plywood that had
> been left outside for a couple of months. It raised up so high I
> thought he got a nice piece of utility grade and painted it, not "cab
Did it look like this?:
"On sale" at HD a couple of months back for the price in the photo, it
did not exhibit any of the problems your friend noted, but the price
puts it suspiciously in the same genre. If I recall, the word "cabinet"
was indeed used on the sign above the rack.
As you know, I've literally bought truckloads of plywood and sheet goods
and have learned to be a pretty good judge of the product. I checked
this stuff out very closely before I loaded it up ... not the best
plywood I've ever bought at that price, but far from the worst, and that
was years ago (and it fit the criteria for this particular application -
AAMOF, I wouldn't have been surprised to find more voids than usual, but
that turned out to not be the case with very few, if any, and the stuff,
while low grade, turned out to fit the bill.
As I've mentioned beaucoup times here, it seems ALL plywood varies from
batch to batch these days, even the pricey stuff from lumber yards and
boutique wood dealers.
It's why, when I purchase for a project, we shop around, examine the
stuff closely, and when when we finally do buy, buy more (20% +) than
needed _from the same rack/batch_
to insure not running out.
Besides the face veneer, one of the biggest problems is thickness where
differences will kill you when making cabinet boxes.
On the last kitchen, while I didn't run out of the originally purchased
imported A-1 Birch, I did purchase additional stock from the same
dealer/same rack about two months later, when the original stock was
running low, and, when compared to the original purchase, the new stuff
turned out to be a noticeably different shade, was a skosh over 1/32"
thinner, and had more voids ... which made it totally unsuitable for
cabinet sides and floors on this project (we used it for non critical
cabinet parts like shelves, dividers, tack stips, etc. and did not mix it).
The above was bought at one of the most respected hardwood, hardwood
products dealers in this area, was the same price and same grade ..
today, you pay's your money and takes your chances.
Unfortunately, in this culture, the same thing your friend found is just
as liable to happen anywhere, not just the Borg's.
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