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Old 8th July 2013, 10:39 PM   #41
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^what is the price of Baltic in your area vs the Home Depot stuff?

Now that I've shopped around my price for Baltic birch is actually cheaper per sq/foot than the local Home Depot for their best wood...
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Old 8th July 2013, 11:02 PM   #42
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Good god... not THIS thread again.

I prefer quality ply, which most of the time means shelling out for Baltic Birch.
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Old 8th July 2013, 11:14 PM   #43
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Baltic Birch 5'x5' sheets.

Also Birch 2'x4' panels in 1/2" and 3/4" from Home Depot, you have to go to a few HD stores and sort thru a lot of crap to find a few good sheets. Forget the 4'x8's, they're all crap, voids and not enough layers, same for Lowes stock.
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Old 9th July 2013, 01:34 AM   #44
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Baltic Birch 5'x5' sheets.

Also Birch 2'x4' panels in 1/2" and 3/4" from Home Depot, you have to go to a few HD stores and sort thru a lot of crap to find a few good sheets. Forget the 4'x8's, they're all crap, voids and not enough layers, same for Lowes stock.
depends which store and when, most of the time the Oak ply wood is fairly consistent.
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Old 9th July 2013, 02:52 PM   #45
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^what is the price of Baltic in your area vs the Home Depot stuff?

Now that I've shopped around my price for Baltic birch is actually cheaper per sq/foot than the local Home Depot for their best wood...
You're paying $2.40 per sq ft for baltic birch 3/4" vs. $1.18 per sq ft for the poplar from home depot.
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Old 9th July 2013, 09:55 PM   #46
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MDF is really just thick cardboard. Nasty stuff. But the density difference between it and BB Ply is really high and they are both very manufacturable, which makes them an ideal pair of materials to sandwich together for really solid dead boxes. I've been building MDF boxes with BB internal ribbing and second layer for fronts and backs, with proper bracing, tapping on a set of cabinets made with that combo is like tapping on a railroad tie.

I'm not a fan of MDF, but adding it to BB Ply really is better than the sum of the parts.

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Old 9th July 2013, 11:34 PM   #47
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Not sure how the thread morphed in to mdf direction. (although picked up a good few ideas)

The OP was about hit-or-miss plywood quality at home supply stores; and that they may have special purchases during different times of the year. Also that opposite ends of the country may carry completely different stock.

Everyone must be thinking at this point that box-store-plywood is a last resort; QC is not important and that making some calls to lumber yards/cabinet shops is a very good idea.

2 x 4 bb? I think I did see some at the store, oh-boy what a cup/curve mess.
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Old 10th July 2013, 03:58 AM   #48
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The probelm is often the availability (or lack thereof) of quality material on the retail market. HD is everywhere. Cabinet shops are not - and often that type of suppier is wholesale only. Or has an intentionally prohibitive price if you're not a contractor.
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Old 10th July 2013, 01:39 PM   #49
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I buy from Home Depot or Menards depending on who has the better plywood that day.
I find it amazing that 1/2" plywood is the same price as 3/4" plywood here in Ohio.
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