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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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I have plans for a drill press table that call for baltic birch plywood. I only have access to the big box stores (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes) and they have Birch but not Baltic Birch. Would I be ok using Birch plywood?
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Keven,
Now days be very carefull where you buy you sheets of venered plywood. Note where they were made. As apposed to Baltic, it is not perfect, but the fault is in the top veneer not being perfect, they have to fill the inprofections with divids. in all sizes there is, more layers, constant thickness just more reliaibility. You can usually special oder from the big box stores as a customer service.

Read this ~~~eBay Guides - Multi Ply Baltic Birch Plywood
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I believe you actually can get Baltic birch at Home Depot. Your local store might need to order it for you, but according to their web site it is available.
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I should have added this to my previous post...sorry. A very good alternative is to use any regular 3/4" plywood but sandwich top and bottom with 1/4" hardboard. This would also allow you to create a sacrificial insert in the middle of the top layer. I have actually seen this done and with two 3/4" pieces in the center creating a quite substantial table. Good luck,
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I don't see baltic birch available on their website. I only see Birch plywood. Can you post a link?
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My Menard's stocks it, although I'm pretty sure it is Finnish Birch. No difference as far as I know other than being 4'X8' rather than 5'X5'.

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Finnish Birch has less inprofections in its top both sides outside layers, a little higher priced also. Sometimes a better quality Birch, due to where it grows.
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I believe that a lot of the plans out there call for a specific type of wood, or plywood, just because the originator of the plans prefers it. For example, ALL of the plans for shop tables, jigs, etc., that I make call for sheathing plywood. On the other hand, I make all my own plans for those things. And I have no problems with any of them.
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I was mistaken about Home Depot. I had been searching for another product for some cabinets and I had a brain fart and confused it with the Baltic birch.
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I for one am getting really tired of hearing about recommended or specified "Baltic plywood". Iíve been looking for that stuff for a long time and it just isnít available everywhere.

The cost to have it shipped in is ridiculous unless you only need a small piece then you can get it from Rocker which is overpriced in my mind. I wish people would stop specifying it. There are plenty of other plywood that works just as well, maybe not as perfect as Baltic, but I wouldnít know because Iíve never seen it except in photos.
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