Hello all, I saw some 3/4" birch plywood at the borg that has 14 plys.
The veneer has good figure and would be OK for a cabinet carcase.
Problem is that they only have 2'X4' pieces, about $15.00 each.
It doesn't look like Baltic Birch, but I could be wrong on that.
Anybody know what this stuff is? Thanks.
I'm not sure what it is either, but it is made by GP. I purchased about 5 -
2'x4' pieces about a year ago to use for jigs, it has been great. As good as
any Baltic Birch that I paid much more for.
Should, but it doesn't always. With 14 pliess it really doesn't matter.
On the other hand, the 3/4" fir CD that I bought the other day - only 4 plies -
is real crap. The two center plies run in the 4' direction, and the two outer
plies in the long direction. Has a real nice curve to it.
I have purchased birch faced plywood from the borg and used it for some shop
cabinets. I believe it was $40 for a 4x8 sheet. It is not cabinet grade,
meaning there will be some areas with voids. I also used it to build a
couple projects for the house and edged it with cherry. It looks nice with
an oil based polyuerethane finish on it.
I have also seen blondwood faced plywood at the borg but never tried it.
I used some Oak ply from Lowes and never did find a void. edge banded
in oak and looked great.
I also have seen the blondewood but did not like the look of it. looked
too "coarse" to finish very well.
Frank Ketchum wrote:
I got some of that 48x60 5-ply 1/4" stuff from a GP-wrapped stack at
Menards, only to find a cheap-looking purple stamp on some sheets with an
unmistakable Cyrillic "F-A" an abbreviation for factory (fabrika), and the
factory number. They used the same crummy ink and nomenclature on
everything during the Soviet days. I believe you may have Russian stuff
made on old Finnish equipment, sold by a US manufacturer. Or perhaps they
buy the veneers overseas and laminate here.
At any rate, the stuff was peeled white birch veneer, seems to display
pretty well, and is reasonably priced.
Interesting note - in Soviet days they not only stamped on manufacturer
information, but price, at the factory.
It is probably Chinese birch, It started coming in about a year ago. I
buy it for about $27.00 a (4x8) sheet from my cabinet supplier (50
sheets at at time) but it shouldn't be over $30.00 for a single piece.
The top veneer is actually very thin, although all plies are birch.
Make sure it is square, some of the stuff I got wasn't. I have quit
using it now because the quality has gone down. All the third world
countries do this with their plywood; they start out with a quality
product at a good price and then start dropping quality and raising
prices until no one buys it anymore.
I recently bought a couple of 1/4 sheets of 3/4" birch ply at the BORG to
make a bandsaw table. At a cursory glance (which was all I gave it at the
store) it looked like Baltic Birch or something similar. On closer
inspection once I'd gotten it home, I was amazed to find that the inner
plies were not uniform thickness. Not that seperate plies were different
thicknesses, but EACH ply varied in thickness. I can't even picture what
process could have produced these plies. Also, they must have to put a hell
of a lot of pressure on the finished sheet to get it to come out flat,
'cause it is definitely flat. Still, I think it'll work out fine for what I
bought it for... it's just really wierd stuff!
I was at my local HD last night and saw that they also carried 2'x4'
sheets of this stuff. What I also saw was that of the 5 sheets in the
bin, 3 of them had the core plys coming apart. One was so bad I
thought at first I was looking at a 1/4" piece of plywood. Maybe these
pieces came from a bad run or maybe the employees left the stack
outside in the rain. Whatever the case, I think I'll pass on this
stuff for now. At least from my area store (West Norriton, PA).
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