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Columbia Forest Products 1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Birch Plywood

Columbia Forest Products

1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Birch Plywood

  • Soy-based PureBond adhesive is formaldehyde-free
  • Hardwood plywood strength, performance and durability
  • Easily create lasting, beautiful furniture, cabinets and more
$3995 /each
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Product Overview

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PureBond is available in a wide range of real-wood face veneers, for great design versatility in DIY and professionally-built projects.

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PureBond promotes healthy indoor air quality through its proprietary soy-based resin technology.

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Perfect for DIY Projects

Build cabinets, furniture, wall paneling, shelving, storage solutions, media centers, headboards and more.  

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Standard sheets are 4’ x 8’. Or choose smaller PureBond Project Panels at to minimize waste.

Veneered construction gives these decorative PureBond Birch Plywood Project Panels the strength, flatness and rigidity to satisfy the most discerning craftsman. Each 5-ply sheet is assembled with a soy-based PureBond technology to fortify its structural integrity, with the added benefit of being formaldehyde-free so it will not off-gas toxic fumes over time as UF-constructed plywood is known to do. The decorative veneers are precision-cut from domestically grown, sustainably harvested birch trees, producing visually alluring wood grains on the face and back of the panel that exhibit the warmth, beauty and timeless quality of natural hardwood. Featuring real timber throughout, the core veneer consists of natural yellow poplar substrate laid in alternating cross bands for utmost stability and ruggedness. It's a cost-competitive alternative to urea formaldehyde-laden plywood and will not contribute to air-quality degradation like composite panels. For extraordinary results on your next carpentry or woodworking project, add this 1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. panel to your arsenal for construction of cabinets, entertainment centers, wall panels, coffee tables, bookcases, toy chests, benches, desks, shelves and more. The decorative veneers have a smooth finish that allows painting or staining to make it uniquely yours.

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  • 5-ply sheet is assembled with smooth, patch-free birch veneers
  • PureBond hardwood plywood is an environmentally friendly, cost-competitive alternative to panels manufactured with urea formaldehyde (UF), which may degrade air quality over time
  • Contains 100% natural wood bonded with a food-grade soy-based adhesive that does not emit toxic air contaminants
  • The decorative top and bottom veneers, measuring approximately 1/42" thick, exhibit the beauty and timeless quality of natural hardwood and are suitable for painting or staining
  • Water-resistant composition has a higher moisture tolerance than UF panels and is less likely to warp than solid wood
  • Allow panel to acclimate to interior climate conditions for several days before customizing - for interior applications only
  • For best cutting results, use an 80-tooth (or greater) table saw blade intended for sheet goods or a carbide-tipped circular saw plywood blade
  • Common: 1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.; Actual: 0.453 in. x 48 in. x 96 in.
  • Direction of the grain is the length of panel
  • Each panel weighs approximately 45 lbs.
  • Grade: C-3 - See Grading Guide for additional information
  • Note: Product may vary by store

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Plywood Type
Hardwood Plywood
Pressure Treated
Tongue and Groove

Warranty / Certifications

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Customer Questions & Answers

is this plywood exterior plywood? would like to use it for outside christmas figurines.

Asked by: Luke
It would not work well outside
Answered by: John
Date published: 2017-06-01


Do you think this is the best 4ftx8ft option for painting, staining, and epoxy (artwork) ? Without warping over time..
Asked by: Kc
No. A good choice for art for a permanent installation is "Baltic Birch". The product here is a 5 layer core made of 4 softwood layers around a medium density fiberboard center. The softwood layers are not void-free and there are I patched internal air pockets where branch knots fell out of the softwood when it was sliced. The two birch veneer layers are 0.024" (1/42" or 0.6mm) thick. Of the total of 7 layers, 4 are functional 2 are decorative, one is a spacer. The laminating glue is mildly water resistant for interior use only, it's not exterior grade glue, it's not marine grade glue. The panel weight is high, indicating a high glue percentage, the manufacturer uses a non-formaldehyde binding resin. The total panel thickness is just 0.703" closer to 11/16" or 1/16" thinner than 3/4". The birch veneer layer is handsome, but it is not a dense wood sourced from a cold area and a soft veneer layer sands through easily. 3/4" Baltic Birch is a 13 layer laminate. All layers are dense tight grained birch, almost always sourced from somewhere that was part of the former Soviet Union, but suitable birch also exists in northern New England and in Canada. The layers are all around 1.4mm (0.055" 1/19") thickness with no unpatched defects and no inner layer voids. A nominal 3/4" panel will be an 18mm panel, about 23/32" or 1/32" thinner than 3/4". Baltic Birch is available in 5'x5', 4'x8' and 10'x5' panels, with either urea or phenolic laminating resin. The 5'x5' size is more widely available than the other sizes in areas with poor distribution. The veneer layers are reasonably dense and thick and don't sand through unexpectedly.
Answered by: Oliver
Date published: 2017-07-03

what is the exterior hardwood veneer thickness?

pictures provided make the hardwood outer veneer look extremely thin. What is the thickness of the exterior veneer. BTW ... that's a pretty basic piece of information for plywood. You really ought to provide it as a rule.
Asked by: Brokenstriker
If you read the product overview all the information is there. !/47 of an inch thick.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2017-02-22

Would this be suitable as an underlayment?

I need more height than 1/4" (or 7/32). It is going on a 1/2" floor. I removed a 3/8" particle board underlayment for rolled vinyl, but the new tile can only go on over plywood.
Asked by: jmal
It would work, but I would used cheaper C/D plywood, cheaper and very durable.
Answered by: jrb
Date published: 2016-09-17
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Customer Reviews

1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Birch Plywood is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cut up this sheet of plywood to make a cabinet divider only to find that the center of the sheet ... Cut up this sheet of plywood to make a cabinet divider only to find that the center of the sheet had no glue.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I rated this plywood a 3 because it's average with both good and bad aspects. The overall grain ... I rated this plywood a 3 because it's average with both good and bad aspects. The overall grain looks good, the panel doesn't have voids and the exterior is not full of patches. On the negative side, the outer veneer is so thin that you have to be very careful when cutting because it splinters and chips very easily. If your use will expose both sides and you want to stain the panel, plan on some additional waste because the manufacture places a barcode sticker on the panel with adhesive that can't be completely removed, so it won't take stain evenly. Don't plan on sanding this away because you will quickly go through the very thin outer veneer. If your use doesn't require a nice looking piece of wood, then this panel is too pricey for your use.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a good plywood. It is very good as compared to the Chinese junk plywood I have had to buy... This is a good plywood. It is very good as compared to the Chinese junk plywood I have had to buy in the past. It is not quite up to the premium USA made plywood but then again it was not near as expensive. I use this product in my tooling operations where they are laminated in to a large block up to 30 inches thick then CNC machined to a form from which I will make the tool that makes my final product. For general cabinetry and or bookcase shelving work where you are going to put a veneer or stain the the panel it will serve well. We found almost no delamination and separation in the plys. Overall a good product that works well.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth & smoother is how I describe the skins. The skins are also thin & thinner. The thickness i... Smooth & smoother is how I describe the skins. The skins are also thin & thinner. The thickness is under 0.500" so you need the undersize router bits for the dado cutter. Made a nice kitchen cabinet with the chunk I bought. M
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a beautiful piece of wood that takes stain... This is a beautiful piece of wood that takes stain well. Even the back side was close to perfect.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Review Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but pricey Overall this is a decent sheet. One of my biggest gripes about the sheet and actually a lot of HD goods is that they put the sticker on the finish side (the side without knots and imperfections). If youre paying this type of money for birch, chances are you are staining and no matter how much you sand (unless you wanna wear throuigh the veneer) you end up with a discolored box when you stain. Not the smartest... Also, if the back side is gonna be crummier than the front, then why not use pine or some other cheaper wood to lower costs. I'm not sure low grade birch backing is any better than an inferior wood.
Date published: 2015-08-31
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