Everytime I drop my kids off at the daycare I see they have numerous
toys and shelves that are made out of what looks like a 12 ply plywood
with a surface that is very polished. The wood looks very high quality
and I'm curious what is is. Anyone know what that is?
A good plywood supplier in your area can show you options. Appleply, a
brand name they will know, can be purchased prefinished, in various
veneers, widths and lengths. Some other suppliers are doing the same
thing. Prefinished saves a LOT of time and space and tools for all
The high ply count ply is generically know as cabinet grade. Often Baltic
Birch, although there are suppliers of similar products from around the
globe. The best of the imports, in my limited experience, come from
But the local supplier to professional cabinet makers can point you in the
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I've built some stuff from 9-ply birch and 9-ply oak. I looked into
13-ply (I was looking to accentuate the end grain), but the local 84
lumber was the only one who even carried it, and I had to buy a whole
bunk (54 sheets) to get any. At about $48 a sheet, I had to settle
for the 9-ply.
At any rate, I get my 9-ply from my local Carter Lumber, at around
fifty bucks a sheet for birch.
If you're into mail-order, might try:
I get to Olean(Oh-Lee-Anne) every so often, and have purchased both 1/2"
Birch ply & 1/8" Birch ply(for scrollwork) from them. I don't see it on
their website, but might be worth an email to find out about availability &
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As many have said before, it is probably Baltic Birch, most of which comes
from Northern Europe or the Russian areas. This is also called cabinet
grade because a lot of folks use it for drawer boxes and inside of cabinets.
The borg does handle similar plywood but you might have to go to a cabinet
shop or hardwood dealer to get real Baltic. By the way, it comes in 60"
square sheets and variants (60" x 30") etc,
I keep a couple of sheets around for shop projects. The sheets are very
stable and are excellent for shop tooling (saw sleds, v-blocks, drill press
jigs and tables, etc.). Being Birch, you will have to pre-treat prior to
staining using a conditioner.
Some lower grades might have knots in the surface but they are usually
nicely plugged. It is a good all around product.
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