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A Sampling of Plywood Grades

Grade Veneer Quality Defects allowed
A-Premium Spacer If sliced, pieces are slip- or book-matched for pleasing effect of color and grain. Can also be rotary-cut. Spacer Minor, but not frequent burls, pin knots, and inconspicuous small patches.
(Cabinet Grade)
Spacer Unmatched slices permitted, but no sharp contrasts in color, grain, or figure. Spacer Burls, slight color streaks, pin knots, and inconspicuous small patches in limited amounts.
2-Sound Spacer No figure, color, or grain match. Spacer Smooth patches, sound knots, and discoloration or varying color.
G1S Spacer Dealer-applied designation meaning "Good 1 Side" used primarily for foreign-origin plywood of 1/4" thickness; face can be good to premium, back with large defects or of another hardwood species.
Shop Spacer Defects downgrade these good or premium panels to factory seconds.


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