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Forum topic by 8iowa posted 03-25-2009 03:50 PM 1777 views 2 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2009 03:50 PM

I used to be able to go to almost any supplier, order plywood by the letters such as “A/C”, and get plywood of consistent quality. Those days are gone. We now have a market flooded with low quality imported plywood that has been the subject of several recent postings.

Hoping to stay above the politics of the matter, and the China bashing, I have found an article in Popular Woodworking that can help us to be better informed customers;

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 03:58 PM

Thanks for the info. I, like a lot of us I am sure, have found plywood confusing. This article helps clear up a lot of this confusion.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 04:40 PM

Good reading. Thanks for posting.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 05:59 PM

Thank you! It was a good read.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 03-25-2009 06:21 PM

IF you go to the big box stores anymore and look at the plywood (at least around here), they don’t identify by quality, in fact they may not even handle quality plywood anymore. I know that the terrible looking plywood I’ve seen would never be bought by me. I prefer the local hardware stores where I may have to pay a little extra to get the good stuff, and it may even be U.S. made plywood if I’m lucky.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 03-25-2009 10:49 PM

One of the important woodworking “tips” that I gleaned from the article was the fact that with plywood thicknesses now varying so much, special undersized router bits are a waste of money – better get a good stacked dado set and digital calipers.

I have also written to the APA, the Engineered Wood Association to see if they have any publications that can help us to be better informed consumers. I’ll share any info I receive.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 03-25-2009 10:56 PM

I got a wild server error message when I tried to use your link. Said the server was full…......... Anyone else have that problem?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 03-25-2009 11:12 PM

I got the same thing. You don’t think that China blocked it do you?

-- woodsmith

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#9 posted 03-25-2009 11:23 PM

I think it is a problem with popular woodworking site because you can go on their site with no problem but as soon as you open the plywood article you get the same message

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#10 posted 03-26-2009 05:00 AM

It is working now. I just read it a few minutes ago.

Looks like plywod is just like everything else, cheapest is best and the worst manufacturer corners the market!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 05:29 AM

Thanks!! This will certainly help those of us that are new to woodworking.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#12 posted 03-26-2009 05:39 AM

thanks for the info

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#13 posted 03-27-2009 05:53 AM

looks like a great article….will try to read later…thanks!!

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#14 posted 03-27-2009 06:37 AM

Nothing like some good ‘ol Eastern European Baltic Birch.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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