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Old 20th November 2012, 12:40 PM   #11
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I don't think that's what the OP was describing. There's nothig yellow about Arauco plywood.

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This is the link to the product at Home Depot:
Arauco 32 sq. ft. Pine Cabinet Panel-781850 at The Home Depot

It's made from Radiata pine grown in Chilean plantations. Here is a link with more info about the product:
AraucoPly, MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE - ARAUCO

The stuff looks OK and it is reasonably priced, but obviously it is not going to be as strong as hardwood plywood
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Old 20th November 2012, 01:17 PM   #12
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Apparently Arauco is back on line. Their plywood plant burned down a couple of years ago. I used a lot of Arauco plywood when it was available and it was acceptable. Back then, it did not have a finish veneer. The face layer was the same as the core.

I think that we get overly paranoid about voids in plywood. 1/4" or so voids between the ends of plies are not going to cause any problem. Arauco, TigerPly and cabinet grade plywood have these and they are fine. Construction grade, the C-D stuff, "sand ply", etc. is another matter.

The material that the plywood is made of is much more important. The core of all of the above is one species or another of softwood -- variations on pine. Baltic birch is birch all the way through. It will be very stiff. Poplar core plywood is available. It is moderately stiff. Softwood cores, less so. Unless stated otherwise, "birch" plywood, "oak" plywood, etc. has a softwood core.

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Old 20th November 2012, 01:57 PM   #13
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It states "composed core" so that means zero voids but it's seems to be just hot-rodded particle board plies with veneered wood plies on the outside, according to Google.

EDIT: I see it's more of a fiberboard core than a particle board.
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Old 20th November 2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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Try the arauco site. If the product at HD is not this, then it is not AraucoPly. Also, the thickness is 18mm, not 3/4".

Note: HD is a 1hr drive, Lowe's is a 30min drive and the supplier to the local cabinetmakers is 10min. Guess where I get my plywood. No, I have not seen the HD product in question, but I still have some small pieces of AraucoPly that I got before they burned down.

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Try the arauco site. If the product at HD is not this, then it is not AraucoPly. Also, the thickness is 18mm, not 3/4".

Note: HD is a 1hr drive, Lowe's is a 30min drive and the supplier to the local cabinetmakers is 10min. Guess where I get my plywood. No, I have not seen the HD product in question, but I still have some small pieces of AraucoPly that I got before they burned down.

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For me HD is 5 minutes, Lowes 10 and the supplier to cabinetmakers and woodworkers 30 minutes...I'll take the long drive every time!
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...there's nothig yellow about Arauco plywood.
...except the specification (look at the HD link) :
"Color Family: Yellows / Golds"
The Home Depot product ID is "Arauco 32 sq. ft. Pine Cabinet Panel", so I assume this is what the OP was referring to, and it is clearly made by Arauco.

It looks like Arauco recently acquired Flakeboard and previously acquired Uniboard, so this product could be made at any number of mills. See the article about their recent acquisitions: Arauco: New King of the Wood Composite Panel Hill
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Old 20th November 2012, 07:32 PM   #17
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For me HD is 5 minutes, Lowes 10 and the supplier to cabinetmakers and woodworkers 30 minutes...I'll take the long drive every time!
I live in a rural area. HD is 10 min (also the grocery store, post office, pet store, my favorite coffee place, the bread store, Staples, Future Shop & Costco), Rona is 15 min, and Chris' is in between. I let Chris get all the ply. It gets delivered It did take quite a few weeks to get the 15mm Murphy Ply, we had to order a lift from the factory.

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we had to order a lift from the factory.

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Herein is the crux of my problem. I'd like to be able to have a skid of 12,15 and 18mm BB on hand. I can neither afford to buy or store that kind of supplies. So, I have to scrounge around to find anyone who 1) has BB and 2) willing to sell me only a half dozen sheets. Then I have to drive to Little Rock or even Memphis to pick it up. Therefore, I make due with what I can find locally,which at the moment is TigerPly.

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So, any idea on how this product would do sound quality wise? Would it be too soft or dead like MDF? Sounds like BB is still preferred but maybe this ply would be a better choice instead of MDF for us $$$ challenged.

Worth a shot for my next speaker project...
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So, any idea on how this product would do sound quality wise? Would it be too soft or dead like MDF? Sounds like BB is still preferred but maybe this ply would be a better choice instead of MDF for us $$$ challenged.
We have built protos out of something Chris calls Meranti ply with decent results... the stuff shown at home depot looks very similar to the douglas fir (a pine species) ply we get here, but with a couple extra plys.

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