Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jrb Good product at a good price
This is my second time to use Purebond plywood on a project, and I am once again very happy with the product. I have read other reviewers talk about voids and thin veneer, but as of yet the three different batches of Purebond I’ve used haven’t presented that issue. The plywood cuts easily with a 140 tooth circular saw blade, and is easy on the blade. The poplar I am using for this project has a super smooth finish, and as this project will be painted that is a plus. I did stain a small area to show how this plywood would appear when stained. Overall in my experience this is a quality product at a reasonable price.
May 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Blackbeered Great for those Painted Projects
Don't expect cabinet-grade plywood here. It’s a 5-ply with thin veneers.
Being someone who pockets these materials in dadoes, what I found most interesting was the high variation in thickness throughout the board. The nominal thickness measured in at 0.718" but varied from 0.702 to 0.731" ... and that leaves a lot of "grinning" when the dado set is dialed in for the minimum value. So materials like this are best-suited for pocket hole joinery to a face frame.
Being poplar, you're not going to stain it ... so the fact that it's not 'stain-grade' is moot.
However, it will absolutely perfect for the blanket chest I'm starting on, trimmed out with poplar board and trim.
The finish is superior to the birch panels I received. I'd say 120 finish on the 'good' side and 180 finish on the 'better' side. Definitely a great foundation for painting with minimum prep.
July 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PEANUT QUALITY PRODUCT FROM AN EARTH FRIENDLY COMPANY
This 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of poplar plywood has a typical smooth decorative poplar veneer on front and back of sheet that nicely matches poplar hardwood boards to make eye catching projects.. This sheet is another Earth-conscious FSC- certified product from Columbia Forest Products. A company that takes seriously its responsibility in replenishing forests for future generations which is a great attribute in a company. I easily cut this sheet into 18" X 4' long pieces to make shelves for a hallway closet. I cut a poplar board into 7/8" X 4 foot strips and nailed them to front of each shelf. A little rounding off of corners with some sand paper and project was done. Even though shelves will painted to match inside of closet I tested some weathered gray and walnut colored stain on scrap pieces and the coloring came out nice and even.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LindaLW I didn't realize that poplar was so heavy! Wow! and Big! that tree must have been Yuge!
This is one solid piece of poplar. I have a few ideas for it, but I'll have to think about how I'm going to move it to cut it into pieces... a great deal of care was taken to enclose it inside of two ordinary pieces of plywood, but between three of these pieces, I could build a house for me, let alone a dog house! This plywood is very flat and smooth, no warp or anything, so I think I could build anything with it and have it come out looking like an expert made it! ...that is the idea. But wow, it is heavy.
March 22, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by beezer arrived warped
I normally go to a sheet goods supplier and buy my plywood which means that I have to drive there then help load it into my truck then unload it when I get to my shop so I ordered this plywood online so it could be delivered to my shop. It was packed very well which was good because plywood edges are easily damaged. The plywood was not flat when I unpacked it so that was a disappointment. I was going to use it on a customer's cabinets but I will probably use it for building cabinets or a workbench for my shop as I don't want to risk using warped plywood on a customer's job.
March 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by john Good product
Not sure what some of the other reviewers issues are. I build custom cabinets and furniture. I've used 20 sheets of this plywood the last two months for paint grade cabinets and several of the same brand in maple prior for stain grade. Also used a higher priced domestic maple last year from another store as a comparison.
-I cut it with a 24tooth blade on a skill saw with a clamp on strait edge and had no problems with splintering.
-Takes paint or stain just as good as higher priced sheets. I used Zinsser bulls eye 123 as primer for the paint grade with no issues.
-Of the 20 sheets of poplar I did have 1 sheet with a small void in the core, nothing filler can't fix easily. No problems with the maple.
-Made in the US, and only costs $40 a sheet ... compared to $100-$120 a sheet other companies charge for a domestic hardwood.
-As paint grade much better quality product than the sande plywood, at same pricing.
Overall I think its a good product and will use in the future.
April 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bearwoodworks Cabinetmaker loves it
I buy it 10 sheets at a time. Very good paint grade plywood for cabinetmaking.
October 27, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Will Okay plywood, but has some drawbacks
This is okay plywood, but it's a bit over-priced and it has some drawbacks. The top veneer is very thin and, if you're not careful when doing some light sanding, you can sand straight through it. Also, I found that if you try to round the edges when sanding, the veneer tends to split. It tends to split and chip when you cut it, too, unless you have a very fine saw blade. One of the sheets that I got also had a good-sized void in between the core and the veneer, which I didn't realize until it rained a tiny bit and the veneer over the void soaked up water and bubbled up before I could it out of the rain. If you decide to use it, make sure you take your time and go through the stack to find the best ones, like you would when choosing any wood.
November 20, 2015