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.