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I needed some 1/8” material for drawer bottoms. Thought I'd pick it up while in Tucson for Thanksgiving. Turns out that the places I'd go for good plywood were all closed on Friday. That was OK, they should have that time with their families. Or, to fight the hordes of Black Friday shoppers.

So, went on the “My Lowes” website before we left Tucson and found some 1/8” ply labeled “Hardwood Plywood” supposed to be in stock at the store closest to my house in the mountains.
After the 6 hour drive home and unpacking the pick up, (my wife must take half the house for a 4 day visit) I made another 40 mile trip south to Lowes to get the ply. When I got there, I found that 1/8th plywood was actually 5MM. And it was indeed labeled as that. The young guy in lumber said they never carried 1/8" ply of any species. When I told him their website said they carried it, he just shrugged. What was strange was that they had true 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 of the same material in stock.

Damn, that irritates me.

Since I was unable to get some true 1/8” in Tucson, I had no options left so I bought the 5MM. The guy did cut it for me so I could carry it in the back seat.

Anybody got a 5MM thick rip blade?

No?

Guess I’ll just make two passes on the TS.

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Gene, welcome to our World! (North of 49)
I won't buy 5X5 Baltic Birch, not because it isn't excellent, but I'll be damned if I'm going to carry it on top of the van all the way back home, including a ferry trip, and likely in the rain. Not when I can put domestic 4X8 sheets in the van.
The other factor is, you rip a 4x8 in half lengthwise and you've got either 6-24" gables or 12-12" gables (or shelves) ...no wastage. Why would I want to change (to weird metric)?
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Said it before. Don't care what system is used. Just make it STANDARD!

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Hmmm... since I use 1/4 inch for drawer bottoms, I would have bought that. I make my drawer grooves with the table saw. Cut 'em all once, adjust the blade and cut them again.
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Yeah, Mike. But, you see, I'm lazy.

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Agree with you, Cocheseuga.

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I've been getting 3mm hardboard for drawer bottoms, if there to be loaded lightly. I think Canfor is making it here.

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