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I see HD is offering Red Oak plywood for $50/sheet. Anybody ever use this? Do you think it would be better than BB on a work table?

Columbia Forest Products 3/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Red Oak Plywood-165956 - The Home Depot
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I can't tell from the picture, but it looks 3 ply. I don't use 3 ply for anything. Personally, for $50, I would opt for a solid wood door, and probably get change back. Even 3/4" I would still double for a worktable. But that's my opinion.

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If I remember, it is a 5 ply, but the veneer is very thin. I made a couple of bookcases from it a long time back. If you are going to use it for a work table it will need a strong top coat.

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Thats a 5 ply product with very thin skins 1/42nd". Better than BB? Not necessarily better, but perhaps alot more practical to use. Sheet size alone give your more flexibility in terms of using a single cut for the top rather than piece it together. Rib it well underneath to avoid bounce. A 2nd sheet of construction grade ply or MDF underneath is a good idea. Wears exceptionally well and will take quite a bit of abuse. If looks are a concern. Looks great in the short term, but after a while not so much.

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I see HD is offering Red Oak plywood for $50/sheet. Anybody ever use this? Do you think it would be better than BB on a work table?

Columbia Forest Products 3/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Red Oak Plywood-165956 - The Home Depot
How about a less expensive plywood with a sheet of mdf on top.....nice smooth work surface and you can flip the mdf over if it gets dinged. Red oak can get splintery. BB is pretty pricey. Also, local lumber yards usually carry better quality products and often less expensive than HD.
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As per another thread, I would look at 1/4" tempered Masonite over a more durable (but cheaper) type of plywood. The Masonite is going to hold up under heavy use way better than plywood, plus can be reversed once it starts to show some wear on the first surface.

The quality of the oak plywood sold by HD (and Lowes too) is very uneven, seen a lot of internal voids in some sheets.
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My guess is that the only part that is Red Oak is the outer ply with the core being something cheaper. If you want true hardwood plywood the big box stores are not the place to shop. Look around for a true hardwood dealer and compare the plywood. That said sometimes Lowes or HD will sometimes get a special buy and it would be worth taking home. I bought 5 sheets of maple plywood that way. Just be sure of what you are getting.
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I usually just use mdf for work tables because it's cheap and dead flat. If you are worried about it's ability to take abuse then a worktable should be laminated from solid wood in my opinion and I have two benches that are made that way. One is more for doing mechanical work on so I put a sheet of 1/4" steel plate on it after so it really will take abuse.
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build your table..
use American made BC or CD ply for the top...
cover that w/ tempered hardboard.... (smooth both sides)
cheap and the top hardboard is easily replaceable, cheap, flat, smooth, tough, needs no finish, and can be flipped over for more use......

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I bought a solid core door a few years ago at our local HabitatRestore for less than $10. It made for a great table top. I covered it with white Formica. I built a lot of projects on that work bench/table/outfeed table.
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