Model # 833185

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Store SKU #833185

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
$39.95 /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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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: 2017-02-22

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


Do you think this is the best 4ftx8ft option for painting, staining, and epoxy (artwork) ? Without warping over time..
Asked by: Kc
Yes, as long as you're not using it outside it should be very stable over time.
Answered by: Nick
Date published: 2016-06-02

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 4.0 out of 5 by 23.
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 5 out of 5 by from High quality. Very few voids on the inside veneers. The faces, both front and back are very goo... High quality. Very few voids on the inside veneers. The faces, both front and back are very good, usually one side will have knots on it, although they are filled and sanded. I like the side with the knots and imperfections, but I am a fan of the more rustic looking wood products. There are no football patches on either side. The finish veneer sands well, I only use 220 or higher grit on it, and it stains and finishes very well. The sheets are generally flat, however some warping can occur if they are sitting on the rack too long. In this case, just be picky with them. Make sure that the ones on the top of the stack are the birch and not some sandeply that got shifted over by other customers - that happened to me on the last time I picked some up. Cuts well with generally minimal tear out. I like it and will continue to use it. The glue they use is also formaldehyde free, which makes me feel even more comfortable. I would still use a dust mask when sanding or cutting it though.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice plywood Used this plywood for the 1st time on a recent project. Best I have worked with [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-05-31
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product We have an unusual application where we removed the drywall from our mudroom and put in 1/2" plywood. The purpose of this was to give us more options for built in cabinets, shelves, and benches along the wall. The material worked well and did not appear to have any voids. It took latex paint well. My experience is limited, but this is the best grade of plywood that I have worked with. I am going to HD tomorrow and getting the 3/4" thickness of this for benches and cabinets.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-04-11
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