Ply wood lessons please?

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 07-30-2013 08:13 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2013 08:13 PM

I keep reading about people using plywood for cabinet carcasses. Where I live there is one grade of ply wood; Construction Grade. I do my best to stay away from it. You have to purchase it a couple months before you want to start a project because it has to out gas. I have to put it in a different building. I am not kidding, it is that bad. I could not even imagine using it on a piece of furniture because even after a couple months it stinks, just not as bad.

I read about people using different veneered ply woods and wonder about:
A-where they get it
B-Is the veneered side the only difference between the stuff you folks are using and the construction grade crap I have around here.

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 08:33 PM

almost all lumber yards around here carry some form of veneered plywood including home depot and lowes.

as a difference, yes, but I really don’t know what other than there is usually more ply’s and the plys are tighter so a veneered plywood does’t warp and move as bad as construction grade.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 08:54 PM

There’s vast amounts of information available on the Internet about the different types of plywood. A bit of Googling should help you out.

A) I’m curious where you live. It must be awful not to have ready access to quality plywood. All the big box stores carry better plywood than what you describe, although they also carry lots of crap. I’m in the Los Angeles area, and I buy plywood from various lumber yards. It’s everywhere here.

B) No. You have hardwood and softwood plywood. You have veneer core or solid wood core, or mdf core, or combinations of veneer and mdf core, etc. And the quality of the cores varies great. In general, you get what you pay for. For furniture grade plywood, I wouldn’t expect to pay less than $60 for one 3/4” sheet. It goes up from there.

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 08:58 PM

HomeDepot carries various types/grades of plywood – not all stores carry same variety but worth checking. that said – their quality is so-so. lumberyards that market to cabinet makers will also have quality plywood. lumber yarrds that market to construction (2×4 and the likes) more than likely will not.

plywood grades varies not only in the external ply, but also in the number of plies – their thickness, and their material as well as the quality of those plies and how many or little voids are in the plywood (good plywood should be void free)

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 09:11 PM

We could offer much more advise if we knew where you are located; at least what state or country.

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 09:19 PM

Arizona, by the really big lake in the far north.

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 09:44 PM

If you live anywhere near Powell Lake in the Page vicinity that is some really dry country up there. Can see why
you need to let the plywood get acclimated. There is a listing on google for Page lumber.

My suggestion would be to find a supplier and purchase enough for future projects so it will be ready when you need it. Of course this isn’t ideal solution, just a suggestion.

Doesn’t seem to much in the way of towns or cities in that area. Canyons and parklands.

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 10:14 PM

Hey Nate,

It looks like the closest town of reasonable size to Lake Powell is Flagstaff AZ and a quick Google search pulled this company:

Obviously that is quite a distance for you to travel for good wood, but it might be worth the trip. You could wet your whistle at the Lumber Yard Brewing Company or drown your sorrows if that’s how the trip turns out.

Good luck.


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#8 posted 07-30-2013 10:23 PM

I like columbia purebond from home depot.
It’s good stuff. :-)

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