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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Default Very nice plywood at Home Depot

I am not sure where this belongs, but since many of our fixtures and jigs are made from either MDF or plywood, I thought that I would post it here.

Home Depot has a really nice 3/4 (actually 23/32) sheet of plywood marked in the store as "cabinet grade plywood". It has the following pro's from my standpoint

1. Both side are good. The sales guy said that the "other" side is C grade, but I don't agree. Both sides are quite nice. One side is slightly better than the other, but both are very usable. If you buy a sheet, check both sides. I recently looked at a sheet and one side did have a moderate defect in it. However, I looked at the next sheet in the stack and it was very good on both sides.

2. Both sides are sanded well. For fixtures/jigs no additional sanding is really required.

3. It had 7 plies.

4. At least from the 3 sheets that I bought, there are no voids in the plies. It really reminds me of baltic birch plywood, although it does not feel as dense as baltic birch.

5. It is quite inexpensive for what you get. Here in the Atlanta area, the price is slightly under $32 per sheet.

6. It is quite a bit lighter than MDF. Also, it produces real sawdust when cut as opposed to the crappy super fine dust when cutting MDF.
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The "real sawdust" is nice and for most uses the 23/32 plywood works well. Cabinet bodies and so on. But on the case of jigs and fixtures where you need a smooth, flat, stable surface the MDF gets the nod.

Not sure any wood product can be considered relatively inexpensive. Prices have gone up and the quality continues to decline. Veneer is thinner and there are more voids than ever. All relative I suppose.
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I also think this is pretty good stuff - especially getting it from HD at a reasonable price. Baltic Birch is simply not available anywhere within a hundred miles. Mail order would be the only option for me. However, this cabinet grade from HD was used in building the desk & storage wall pictured for my wife for Christmas 2010. There were many cuts involved and I was amazed at how solid the wood was. I encountered no voids. They still carry it locally here in Utah and the price really is very reasonable.

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They do not stock it on a regular basis but when they do stock it I buy extra. It does have voids but I find it accreptable for building most anything cabinet carcasses to router table tops

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An update to my original posting...

I just finished a project with the plywood and I have to change a couple of comments.
The "C" side is nice and smooth but some sheets have an inlay(s) of material to fill in a defect.
I did encounter 2 small ply voids after cutting 12 pieces. Not bad. Certainly way less than "standard" plywood.
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I am not sure where this belongs, but since many of our fixtures and jigs are made from either MDF or plywood, I thought that I would post it here.

Home Depot has a really nice 3/4 (actually 23/32) sheet of plywood marked in the store as "cabinet grade plywood". It has the following pro's from my standpoint

1. Both side are good. The sales guy said that the "other" side is C grade, but I don't agree. Both sides are quite nice. One side is slightly better than the other, but both are very usable. If you buy a sheet, check both sides. I recently looked at a sheet and one side did have a moderate defect in it. However, I looked at the next sheet in the stack and it was very good on both sides.

2. Both sides are sanded well. For fixtures/jigs no additional sanding is really required.

3. It had 7 plies.

4. At least from the 3 sheets that I bought, there are no voids in the plies. It really reminds me of baltic birch plywood, although it does not feel as dense as baltic birch.

5. It is quite inexpensive for what you get. Here in the Atlanta area, the price is slightly under $32 per sheet.

6. It is quite a bit lighter than MDF. Also, it produces real sawdust when cut as opposed to the crappy super fine dust when cutting MDF.
I know the kind of which you speak, and have made a few things in the shop out of it. But I humbly recommend that you go over to Peach State Lumber off Jiles @ Moon Station in Kennesaw and see what they have to offer. They sell a white birch Shop VC that is within a dollar or so of the HD Chile sheets. 11 plies vs 7, and it certainly finishes better.

The HD stuff also has a propensity to warp if you look at it wrong. The stuff from Peach State seems a lot more stable to me.

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i saw that stuff at mine too ... looks vrey nice, and it was $29.95 per 8x4 at mine
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I can attest to your observations re: Home Depot Ply.. I first tried their competeter [Lowes], was very dis-apointed once I'd cut into the sheet. Have since found out that Lowes is from China, H.D. is American made.
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How did you find that out? Wood from China too? Wow, we are really in a mess.
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The last sheet of the 7 ply I bought (last summer) from HD curled up 3 inches overnight.

They told me to bring it back, but I had already used it for small parts on a quick project for a customer.

Very leery about it.
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