Model # 165891

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Store SKU #165891

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

Columbia Forest Products

1/4 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
$2492 /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 PureBond Birch Plywood panels the strength, flatness and rigidity to satisfy the most discerning craftsman. Each 3-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 1/4 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.

  • 3-ply hardwood plywood panel is assembled with smooth, patch-free birch veneer applied to only the face side of this panel; the back of the panel is not intended to be exposed
  • 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 veneer, measuring approximately 1/42" thick, exhibits the beauty and timeless quality of natural hardwood and is 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: 1/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.; Actual: 0.203 in. x 48 in. x 96 in.
  • Direction of the grain is the length of panel
  • Each panel weighs approximately 21 lbs.
  • Grade: C-4 - See Grading Guide for additional information
  • Available in additional species- Maple and Red Oak
  • 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: 2017-06-01


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

Is Baltic birch plywood different than the birch plywood listed? If so, what is the difference? Thanks, johnv

Asked by: johnv
Yes. True Baltic Birch is Russian Birch, 13 ply. It generally remains flatter, is stiffer, and much more durable than home store varieties of typical birch plywood. Baltic Birch is the best choice for finer cabinet goods and is wonderful for sturdy construction of shop jigs and fixtures. The birch plywood listed here is also very good for fine case goods, but is slightly more prone to warping when stored improperly in humid atmospheres. Baltic birch is much better for anchoring fasteners thru the sheet. Edge screws don't hold well in either. I usually resort to biscuit joinery when joining the edges.
Answered by: Lee
Date published: 2017-02-09

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
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Customer Reviews

1/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Birch Plywood is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 114.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I purchased a sheet of this this January 2017 to make a cabinet. I noticed that the birch veneer ... I purchased a sheet of this this January 2017 to make a cabinet. I noticed that the birch veneer splinted easily when cut and drilled. A piece of the birch 2" long pealed off from the edge of one cut and I notice it was very thin. I decided to compare this plywood to a piece of 3/16" birch plywood I had bought at Home Depot a couple of years ago. If you look at the picture I added you can see the the birch veneer on the old piece is about 3 times thicker than the stuff they are selling now.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Plywood I rated it one star only because the rating scale didn't offer a "0" option!! I bought 3 sheets of this 3/4" finished plywood from HD to make carcasses for two 6 ft tall cabinets for our laundry room. The stability and quality of this plywood is absolute junk. I experienced warping up to 1.5" in 6 feet. More importantly, the warping wasn't just simple bowing, but an S-shaped warping which made installing 1.5" face frames impossible. With the number of significant voids in the plies, it's not surprising that this product is so unstable. A close examination of the plywood reveals widespread thickening and thinning of individual plies which is inherent in cheap wood and manufacturing. Furthermore, the plywood is somewhat brittle and splinters badly even with brand new, quality router bits and a $100 Tenryu saw blade. I had to relegate the two cabinets to the basement for simple storage shelves. I'm off to Austin Hardwoods next week to buy quality, real cabinet grade plywood!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'd give it a 3 star if the price was halved. But for $50 per sheet, there were too many small v... I'd give it a 3 star if the price was halved. But for $50 per sheet, there were too many small voids. I was happy with the look and the straightness of the board, but the voids was a big disappointment.
Date published: 2017-06-06
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 5 out of 5 by from The corners were perfectly square and the size was correct. It cut up nicely with my jigsaw and b... The corners were perfectly square and the size was correct. It cut up nicely with my jigsaw and became a lovely tree for my ceramics display! The grain is gorgeous and I can't wait to see how it takes a stain.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I am currently building a desk and bookcase for my daughter. I purchased a sheet of this plywood ... I am currently building a desk and bookcase for my daughter. I purchased a sheet of this plywood even though it was difficult to find someone to help me, especially when I told him I wanted a sheet with no knots and no defects. After looking at three or four sheets I purchased one that looked good, no knots and no defects, I thought. However, when I put a coat of stain on it I saw several defects which is going to make it unusable for the project. I can't recommend his product for furniture use unless you intend to paint it. So, do I risk another sheet from Home Depot or look for a more accommodating vendor who sells something other than Columbia Forest products? Probably the latter.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Defective Product Purchased a sheet recently for a childs toy box. I have purchased sheets in the past for cabinets and it was great! Cut for the box, assembled with trim and poplar, and sanded the box. Everything looked great. As soon as I applied primer, voids under the veneer bubbled up and thr joints between veneer sheets lifted. I was able to peel up the veneer with my finger nail! The final product looks terrible, even as i continued to wood fill and sand. Worst of all, HD did not stand by their product and refused to offer any refund or store credit. Unfortunately I dont know how to identify a defective sheet vs a good sheet at the store. I will be seeking a new plywood source.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Flat & Solid with Some Issues This five ply plywood, plus two thin veneers, is not warped at all and feels very solid. Unlike many lumber products these days the size was as advertised, a full 8' by 4' by 3/4". It did arrive with damage to one corner so that few inches will not be usable. Closer inspection also revealed some gouging on the board face and three areas near the edge where the veneer had split. The accompanying photos illustrate these points. I would recommend the product but with the caution that the purchaser knows what they are going to use the board for and is aware of any issues.
Date published: 2016-08-02
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