Yes, from China. Buy questionable logs from us and elsewhere, make the ply
and dump it back on our markets. Half of US production capability is idle,
and that does not count the companies that have already folded. Do a quick
search on the subject.
When I got it home all of it curled up before I got it into my rack.
I have a rack that's true (used string to get all the supports in line),
and I clamp them to it vertically.
I'm hesitant to buy sheets from HD.
I haven't bought any in a year or so, but the last time I bought Oak
ply from Lowes, it was pretty good except that the veneer was about as
thick as a picture of Oak. The Birch was OK, too, but better not go
wild sanding. It was cheaper than sanded pine, so I thought it was a
Short of a X-ray or cutting a piece of plywood apart, is there any way to
know what you're getting inside? The exteriors have grades, so why not
the interior? (It's probably a piece of information that is removed long
before it gets to the store's distributors, if it even exists.)
Seen those two grades referring to woods and veneers, and in a foreign
context, but never to plywood in North America?
I use a couple of real plywood suppliers on a regular basis and none
sell anything using that grading system.
Maybe I'm missing something. Got a supplier for "AA" and "AAA" _grade_
plywood, not just the veneer, in this country?
I stand corrected. Been a while since I had need of anything better than
Of course, if you really have need for ply with minimal voids, there are
marine grade hardwood veneer plywoods available. No voids larger than 1/8",
inner layers knots allowed, no voids. Pricey.
Then there are birch and mahogany aircraft mil spec grade plys, no voids.
Can you say expensive? Really expensive? Around $400 for 1/2"
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Gotta love modern sheet goods, right? That variation is one - main - reason
I avoid full width dadoes. Instead, I use a narrower one and cut a tongue
on the ply leaving - usually - 1/8" shoulders. That gets me a tongue closer
to the the right width throughout; if a variation remains, the shoulders
hide any boo-boos.
Consumer product quality has taken a nosedive whether the product was
made in North America or anywhere else in the world. The Wallmart
mentality of accepting lower quality for a lower price has come full
Why should a manufacturer waste money on quality. The consumers only
want a bargain.
Look on the bright side. If we learn how to produce absolute junk
maybe the jobs will come back.
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