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HARDWOOD PLYWOOD Description: Veneers (softwood or hardwood) glued in layers with alternating grain, and covered with hardwood veneer. Uses: The traditional sheet good of choice for everything from furniture and cabinets to wall paneling and boxes. Available Sizes: 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4" are most common. Occasionally, you'll find 1/8", 3/8", and 5/8" in some species. Common Grades: Face: AA, A, B, C/D/E, Special. Back: 1, 2, 3, 4. Core: J, K, L, M. Panel types: Technical type, Type I, Type II (Type II most common for interior use.) Pros: More stable and less expensive than solid wood, widely available, made in a variety of species, and with many choices for veneer matching on faces. Cons: Thick sheets are heavy, exposed ply edges may mean you'll have to band with solid wood, thin face veneers (1/32") are easy to sand through and damage. Where to find it: Home centers carry a few species, such as oak, birch, maple. Turn to building suppliers and hardwood retailers for other species. Price (3/4"x4x8', sheet unless noted): $35 to $100+. Prices vary greatly due to species, face and back grades, ply count, and cut of veneer. A/2 or B/2 is reasonably priced and suitable for furniture.

BALTIC AND FINNISH BIRCH Description: Made from ultra-thin (1/16"), void-free birch veneers. Finnish birch is like Baltic, but is made with exterior adhesive for outdoor use. Uses: Use to create shop jigs and fixtures, cabinets, drawer sides, furniture, and as a substrate. Available Sizes: In millimeters: 4 (1/8"), 6.5 (1/4"), 9 (3/8"), 12 (1/2"), 15 (5/8"), and 18 (3/4") in 60x60" sheets. Common Grades: No standardized grades, but manufactured with void-free plies and face veneers carrying a grade of B or better. Pros: Stiff, stable, consistent thickness, no voids, nice-looking edge, holds screws. Cons: Hard to find, costly, odd (60x60") size sheet, available only with birch face. Where to find it: Woodworking-supply stores, hardwood retailers, mail-order catalogs (small sizes). Price (3/4"x4x8', sheet unless noted): $45+ for standard-size 60x60" sheets.

APPLEPLY Description: American version of Baltic birch with alder and birch core plies and quality veneer faces. Birch face is standard, other woods available. Uses: Same uses as Baltic above, plus applications where a fine-hardwood face veneer is needed. Available Sizes: Available in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" thicknesses, in 4x8' sheets. Common Grades: No standardized grades, but manufactured with void-free plies and face veneers carrying a grade of B or better. Pros: Stiff, stable, void-free, nice-looking edge, holds screws, offers a variety of face veneers. Cons: Difficult to find, costly, requires large order to get optional veneers. Where to find it: You'll find distributor information at Price (3/4"x4x8', sheet unless noted): $50+.

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Comments (11)
3-j wrote:

I have never considered OSB or strandboard, chipboard, etc. to be particle board. The sizes of the chips do not fit as "particles."

7/8/2015 03:27:23 PM Report Abuse
Hickorymeadow wrote:

Too bad the first sentence is just plain wrong. Particleboard is a whole family of sheet goods, including the old particleboard underlayment, seldom seen anymore, flakeboard, OSB, etc. The old cheap underlayment might have sawdust or fines that soaks up the resins adding no strength. Standard industrial flakeboard is produced from graded flakes or strands, no sawdust, producing the desired density, internal bond, and strength requirements of the grade intended.

4/16/2015 01:34:12 PM Report Abuse
jeff1518 wrote:

OSB is a very conspicuous omission

5/8/2014 04:57:38 PM Report Abuse
dwdemuth1 wrote:

How does Menards and Home Depot come up with their labeling?

4/6/2012 09:09:21 AM Report Abuse
ruthless1666 wrote:

i also need to learn how to type

4/5/2012 04:07:42 PM Report Abuse
ruthless1666 wrote:

i agrre ,why tell us all that and not give us a chart or something to help distinguish what the grades are

4/5/2012 04:06:56 PM Report Abuse
almbldr wrote:

1/4" is one of the top selling products here in the North East. We have it here in our true "lumber yards" not the H/D or Lowes that I am aware of.

2/2/2012 04:30:59 PM Report Abuse
abroomell1 wrote:

What good does it do to know the names of various grades? At least tell us what they mean, and which ones are better.

1/14/2012 04:42:11 PM Report Abuse
musicman86231 wrote:

OK. Where on earth can you find 1/4" hardboard?

1/11/2012 02:57:36 PM Report Abuse
jander1960 wrote:

Likewise in mid-TN... I haven't found 1/4" hardboard in the home centers here either.

4/23/2011 01:43:58 PM Report Abuse
jdsjmail wrote:

I/4" is not always available, here in NW Ohio I can only find 1/8 amd 3/16. JD

8/25/2010 07:18:17 PM Report Abuse

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