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03-14-2016 12:38 AM

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Newbie here – what would you call this stuff (see pictures)? I think it looks like plywood and it seems to be 3/16” thick, but when google 3/16” plywood I can’t seem to find it. Does it have a special name? I need to buy some for a project – Just want to make sure I order the right thing..


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#1 posted 03-14-2016 12:41 AM

Looks like luaun to me.

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 12:41 AM

It’s 1/4” Luan plywood, usually used as floor underlayment under vinyl sheet floors.

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 12:45 AM

Luan.

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 01:17 AM

It’s probably 6mm, which is a little thinner than 1/4” but thicker than 3/16”.

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 02:38 AM

And hollow core door skins…


It s 1/4” Luan plywood, usually used as floor underlayment under vinyl sheet floors.

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 03:27 AM

Luaun (AKA Philippine Mahogany though it is not technically a Mahogany). Just about any Home Depot or Lowes will carry it.

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 03:27 AM

Looks like Lauan to me.

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#8 posted 03-14-2016 05:53 AM


it seems to be 3/16” thick,...Does it have a special name?

Yes. The special name is: 1/4” plywood.

Lauan, like everyone has said.

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#9 posted 03-14-2016 11:32 AM

I believe Ger21 is correct.

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#10 posted 03-14-2016 12:12 PM

So by now you know the name it goes by is Lauan. Available at HD or Lowes. What I want to add is if whatever you’re gonna build requires sanding, watch out, because you can sand thru the outer layer pretty quick. Especially at the edges.

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#11 posted 03-14-2016 12:34 PM

For me its only real purpose is for templates.

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#12 posted 03-14-2016 12:39 PM

Or if it will be painted, check out RevolutionPly... it’s only about $13 at the BORG for a 4×8 sheet, and has a blemish free smoothly sanded face veneer (straight grained appearance). According to an email from the company “The typical construction of our RevolutionPly┬« is an engineered veneer hardwood face with a core of rotary Poplar and a back of rotary Pine.” and “The face is an engineered veneer hardwood using Eucalyptus”. It’s also void free from what I’ve been able to determine (lauan has voids – if that matters to your project).

I got lucky and found a dumpster full of the stuff behind a strip mall that was being renovated (they were using it for flooring underlayment), and have used it for all sorts of projects.

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#13 posted 03-14-2016 02:11 PM

Nai, If you want some advice on alternatives, let us know what our project is. Luaun is not the best quality stuff, which is why one of its primary uses is to hide it under flooring. The visible layer on the surface is so thin that really have to be careful your don’t sand through it. It’s main advantage is that it is cheap. If you want it to look nice, there are better alternative materials.

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#14 posted 03-14-2016 02:54 PM

When I built my bedroom suit I used Lauan for the back of the armoire’s, night stands and for the drawer bottoms. That was back in 1991 (25 years ago) and so far I have had no issues with Lauan. It’s held up well!

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#15 posted 03-14-2016 03:00 PM

Actually, a lot of that stuff isn’t even 1/4”, it’s actually 5 mm. 5 mm is just over 3/16” and is a common size. It is luan which grows primarily in the Phillipines and other such places. It’s a cheap wood in the mahogany family. This stuff is great for backs of cabinets and the like. It usually has one nice looking side and the other is usually not so pretty.

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