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Posted on Is all Baltic Birch the same?

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#1 posted 07-08-2017 05:38 PM

Where I live, no big box store carries Baltic Birch, though HD does carry birch plywood. So just in case, be sure to differentiate between Birch and Baltic Birch plywood. As far as I know, most Baltic Birch comes in 60”x60” square sheets.

I assume, given the name, that Baltic refers more or less to the region of the world where it is made. Though perhaps it is a species of birch.

I’ve used both Baltic Birch (I believe sourced from Russia and quite good) as well as a version of Birch plywood called BIMP. The BIMP is much lower quality birch plywood as compared to Baltic Birch. BIMP is the acronym for a east Asian consortium from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. While not near as good as the Baltic Birch, it is plenty good enough for cabinet boxes.

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