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Default Good article on plywood - what to look for, what the differences are, etc

http://popularwoodworking.com/articl..._right_plywood

This actually answered a lot of questions I have on plywood - and what to look for when selecting a sheet in relation to your project.
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Great article, thanks for posting!
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Default Re: Good article on plywood - what to look for, what the differences are, etc

Yeah I'm a bit worried I'll sand right through the veneer on my arcade cabinet. If I do, I'll be hella pissed.
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Excellent read.
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Default Re: Good article on plywood - what to look for, what the differences are, etc

I was a little surprised by this statement:

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The grade should be stamped on the side of the sheet but it is often missing in imported plywoods. Expect to pay $75 or more for a 4' x 8' sheet of A2 plywood with plain-sliced veneer. The oak and birch plywood the big home-improvement stores had in stock (about $40) at the time of writing this was graded C3.
I know the stuff you get at HD & Lowes ain't the best, but I was surprised it's THAT bad. And here I thought my old racetrack came out pretty nice...
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The grade should be stamped on the side of the sheet but it is often missing in imported plywoods. Expect to pay $75 or more for a 4' x 8' sheet of A2 plywood with plain-sliced veneer. The oak and birch plywood the big home-improvement stores had in stock (about $40) at the time of writing this was graded C3.
I know the stuff you get at HD & Lowes ain't the best, but I was surprised it's THAT bad. And here I thought my old racetrack came out pretty nice...
Go visit a wood store who sells nice wood (non-contractor grade) and specialty species and such and look at the maple / birch sheets there and you'll see the difference.

While at HD or Lowes, I usually have to pick through 8 or 10 sheets until I find one I like that is a good piece of veneer on it. (or something that I can cut around depending on the project)
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Yeah that line jumped out at me as well. I'm definitely not getting my next sheet at Lowes or HD.
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Default Re: Good article on plywood - what to look for, what the differences are, etc

I downloaded the article as a PDF and saved it for future reference.
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Default Re: Good article on plywood - what to look for, what the differences are, etc

For a lot of stuff, there is no problem with the material at Lowe's or HD. It really depends on the quality of the wood your looking to do with the project you're working on. (and most of the time picking through the pile to find a piece that works for you.
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Thanks for the info!!
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