Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 20
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AHArtist Would be better if not damaged during shipping
I'm actually quite surprised that a full sheet of plywood arrived in relatively good condition, especially considering all the footprints on the outer packaging (see photos). There were 2 significant flaws/damage on the appearance side of the sheet, one on each end (also see photos) that were major enough I wasn't able to work with them; however, for the primary project I had in mind - I was able to cut them off and use the rest of the sheet.
The cuts I did make didn't have any voids or tearing of the appearance side & only minor rips on the back side. It also took stain really well with only a light sanding (220 grit). Overall I would recommend this product if you are able to find it in a local store so as to avoid the uncertainty of shipping.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Nice grade and finish
This is a cabinet grade birch veneer plywood that is acceptable for cabinet doors. etc. The front of the sheet is a better grade but the back side is acceptable for the interior of cabinets, etc. There are none of those "football" patches on the back side. One of the nicest things about this product is that it is formaldehyde free so you can use it indoors with the confidence that the health of your family or your customers won't be compromised. If you're doing work for customers, the "formaldehyde free" designation is a great selling point. The interior veneers are poplar which makes the panels a little bit lighter than pine, etc. If you're buying in the store it's worth it to go through the stack until you find the sheet that's perfect for you. This is a quality product at an affordable price. I hope you find this helpful.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jrb Good econmmical product
This is my third time to use Purebond plywood on a project, and I am once again very happy with the product. I have no issues of voids or veneer lifting at all. This birch will be bifold doors on a pantry that I’m building, using Poplar Purebond for the cabinet sides. The veneer is super smooth, requiring no sanding prior to staining and finishing, and very little grain was raised during the staining and finishing, using water based finishes. This product cuts easily with a 140 tooth blade in a circular saw. Overall in my experience this is a quality product at a reasonable price.
May 8, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ben62 Not like it used to be!
This 1/2 inch by 4 foot by 8 foot purebond birch plywood is not as good as it used to be. I like the fact that the layers are glued with a soy based adhesive. The fact that the plywood is basically only 3 layers with 2 very thin veneers doesn't make the plywood super strong. Keep that in mind when it comes to the project that you have in mind. As far as my project the plywood worked out fine for my needs.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by flyhard good wood
I have bought different sizes and types of wood from this supplier and have had very good luck in the quality of the wood. I use it mainly for small projects and after the finish coat, I have a product that I am very happy with. This is the first time I have used the Birch plywood and would use it again in the future. I also did not have any blemishes in the wood.
July 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Highest Quality Plywood
This is about as good as plywood gets--The birch veneer is beautiful, free of blemishes, and apparently seamless (looks like they use some kind of spiral cutting to get huge continuous sheets from the lumber). One side of the sheet is totally consistent, the other side just has some slightly darker spots, but those are still relatively attractive. As far as I can tell, the core is entirely void free. This would be great for cabinetry, or for any shop project where you need a consistent, stable wood.
June 1, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by enginerd Smooth surface ready for paint
I wasn't happy to see this plywood only has three internal plys between the face veneers. I would have liked to see at least 5, like other quality furniture grade plywood. While I'm using this to build some cabinets (which will be painted), I don't think this is the best material choice for something with structural implications. This would be great for decorative work, like trim or craft projects though.
April 11, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Blackbeered Plywood Used to Be So Much Better
For non-critical apps, especially when the job will be painted, this will suffice.
It's rated "C-3" ... intended for use where one side will predominantly be seen but the other side needs to be reasonably clean, the back of items in this grade are generally good material but may have staining, less that acceptable veneer splices, scratches or other blemishes. This material works well for use as shelves, drawer sides & end panels.
The product has a 5-ply core and veneers that can't be any thicker than 0.025".
I will be using the piece to make a golf club caddy for a pair of clubs where I don't need a durable "furniture-grade" finish.
Ten years ago, the product would have been a 11-ply and have a much thicker veneer. That's all I ever used for cabinets.
March 2, 2016