Got a gift certificate to the Borg and went there to get some plywood
for a painted project.
They had some poplar plywood that I hadn't seen before. I figured
solid poplar is good for painting so poplar plywood must be good too.
This stuff is total garbage. The face is barely thicker than tracing
paper and when I went to rout the rabbit for the back the face and a
few more layers went with it. Don't know what it cost because they
couldn't find the price so they charged me $25 for a sheet of 3/4.
Luckily I'm painting this and the damage was on the inside where the
toys will go so I just sanded it smooth and primed it.
The only way I could keep it from splintering was to run the router the
wrong way which was a little nerve racking but it worked better. The
splintering occurred when I was going with or against the grain of the
veneer. Was it me?
So I'm not being totally negative I tried some Aruco (sp?) plywood from
big blue and it was pretty good and only about $40 for 3/4. More plys
than the Birch or Oak that they had. Is Aruco a type of wood?