I recently make a cabinet for a client, using 3/4" Chinese plywood, to
fit in an alcove he built himself. I missed the spot where the wall
bowed in by 3/4", so my cabinet wouldn't slide into the opening. I
muttered a few words to myself about never again trusting amateur
wallboard work (or professional), and broke out the belt sander. I took
more that 1/8" off of each side of the cabinet, and it finally JUST
The point of this is that after I got through the veneer layer, I
started seeing shiny spots in the glue, with more in the second glue
layer. Since there's no good reason to introduce metal shavings into a
wood product, they must be in there because of a shoddy manufacturing
process. Either that, or they're using plywood as a cheap way to get rid
of industrial waste.
I wouldn't have thought of anybody using Chinese plywood as cabinet
wood. My impression was that it was being sold as construction grade.
And why would the Chinese want to be getting rid of metal shavings
that could be melted down and made into stuff to sell?
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