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And a chance to see the difference when routing boxes such as drawers and so on. I went to Richmond, about a 90 minute drive and picked up 2- 1/2" 5'x5' sheets and 2 - 3/4" 5'x5' sheets to do some smaller projects I've wanted to do. I'm looking to see how well this wood will take a jig dovetails with a backup board of course and stand up to box joints. Both tried with big box ply and wasn't happy. What I noticed right off the bat was it seems to weigh more than the 4x8 sheets and I suspect it's the additional plys versus the fill. Was a bit more than I cared to test on the "new" shoulder. Could have waited a few more weeks for that. Just does fit in the bed of my pickup but getting it past the tailgate where there's a bit of a L to where the tailgate closes means you need to raise it up and then out........any suggestion on joints with this plywood appreciated.
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You should have no problem with any joinery you choose. I routinely cut box joints and, miter joints in BB using both routers and saws.

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I make a lot of boxes using BB plywood and my I-Box jig. You need the right blade set or bit, but it's possible to can get very clean and tight box joints in BB plywood. The blade that I used for the joint in the photo was my Freud SBOX8 blade set. I use Lowes plywood for building construction, but for any kind of fine quality woodworking I'll only use BB plywood.

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....any suggestion on joints with this plywood appreciated.
about anything your heart desires...
and a few other experiments...
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True BB only comes in 5 x 5. That 4 x 8 stuff the big box stores have is basically copied imported crap. You'll like working with it.

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Steve... make sure you set up for the correct size when working BB.

3/8″ (9mm)
1/2″ (12mm)
5/8″ (15mm)
3/4″ (18mm)

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True BB only comes in 5 x 5. That 4 x 8 stuff the big box stores have is basically copied imported crap. You'll like working with it.
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https://www.statesind.com/product/appleply Domestic stuff, not available in the box stores, available in 4x8 sheets. All hardwood veneers, just like BB
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stop saying it ain't.................. just STOP!!!
if the suppliers tell you different from these PDF's they need to be educated...
this ''we can't attitude'' doesn't cut it... they're either lazy and can't be bothered and are knowingly lying to you...
providing you you don't confuse BB w/ Birch ply, SA Purebond, Russian Birch or the chinese counterfeits...

https://www.builddirect.com/p/Welldo...-4x8--15095530
https://www.cherokeewood.com/store/b...lywood-sheets/

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I made three 2x4 cross pieces that fit on my old 92 Dodge Dakota. Made in the shape of an I with about 4 inches of 2x4 hanging past the cross pieces. Fits nice on the truck and doesn't creep. Made of redwood that seems to resist warping if it gets wet. I put some tiedown hardward on the side of the truck so I can put some motocross type straps across to hold everying in place because my nearest source of BB is 60 miles away.

Hint, get a good opaque tarp to go across the ply because it quickly turns yellow where exposed to sunlight. Can't really match the finish if it turns. I keep by BB ply in the shop under a canvas to keep light off it.

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