Rated 2.4 out of 5Â by 23
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Capcom First Time Use of This Product
I used (4) sheets of this product for first time to construct an 84" width Home Theater cabinet. HD red oak used for base runners, facings, doors and trim. They oak plywood was flawless on one side and had a few minor blemishes on backside. Unlike others, I didn't have any major void or bowing issues, however outer veneer is way too thin to sand appreciably, especially if needing to remove glue stains. I did have some minor veneer splintering problems on crosscuts, even when using a 80T table saw blade.
I used pocket screws and PC-7 epoxy for joints and trim attachments. I wouldn't use pocket screws in this type of plywood again as socket holes slightly splintered thin veneer. This cabinet is extremely strong, with both epoxied and screwed joints, double thick top, bottom and sides. It weighs in at over 280 lbs. because it supports several vintage amps and a large, heavy plasma display. Regardless, it's still easy to move on laminate since I mounted (4) full depth laminated oak runners on base with 3/16" heavy felt bottom liners.
I stained all wood with water based Ebony dye stain and sealed with Waterlox marine sealer/finish. No problems on plywood, but solid oak facings has some raised grain issues, solved by intermediate sanding. I wanted grain texture to show through so I opted not to use poly varnishes. If HD would buy similar wood with thicker veneer then I think most problems would be eliminated, and I would purchase again. But now, no thanks. Solid oak wood or Baltic Birch plywood for my next project!
December 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by MarineCarpenter CDX with a sprayed veneer
Recent 14 sheet purchase. Like a previous commenter, this used to be a decent product, now it's trash.
Several years ago I built cabinets etc. with good results. This time around no such luck. The sheets I purchased have warped and twisted. On two sheets I ran a string from the end to end and there was a 1.5" and 2" bow in the center. I've tried joining two pieces using biscuits, TnG and dowels - didn't work. No luck with router or shaper due to the 'wavy' edges - I won't even try finger joining. The joints had highs and lows (and yes, I used a glue press). When sanded to even out the disparity the veneer went away. Not being able to join, the drop was devastating. Six pieces out of two sheets rather than nine. Oh yeah, the voids in the laminate were plentiful and BIG, some just below the veneer. The more I worked with this the more I just wanted to use hammer and nails and spray paint. HD was gracious about refunding my money but I was out a LOT of miles and HOURS of work with no alternative.
March 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by TAYLORDDESIGNS BUYER BEWARE
I have used this product for years in my cabinet shop. I purchased a sheet of the plywood for a project in my own home. I looked at two sheets, the first had big void visible on the edges of the plywood, the second sheet looked good, I cut it up into shelves for cabinets that I had built, edged the plywood and then finished sanding the panels. I noticed that circular bubbles appeared during the finish sanding process. I made the mistake of pushing on the bubble and found a void was under the bubbles. There were eight additional bubbles found in the the one sheet of plywood, and those were the ones that I noticed, there may be more.
Based on the quality of this product, I will be discontinuing the use of this material in my cabinet shop and seek out other suppliers.
November 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by MasterWoodsmith Garbage! Don't Waste Your Money
I have used veneered plywood for cabinet and furniture making for years. This is the worst quality "cabinet" grade plywood I have ever seen. I hand picked 6 sheets out of the middle of an unopened bunk thinking I would be able to tell if they would be ok, wrong. There are numorous voids, it warps to the point of being unusable. On some pieces the veneer would bubble. Countless hours I have wasted continuously repairing the veneer. I would have come out cheaper and spent less time gluing solid oak together than using this trash.
September 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Saira I really wanted to love this, but...
I chose this product this because I loved the idea of a formaldehyde free product in my kids bedroom. At the store I had very high hopes. The face was lovely, the edges seemed fine, but once I started cutting into it, I was really disappointed by all of the voids in the lamination. The oak veneer was so thin and combined with the voids, about half of my cut edges were a mess. Wish it had lived up to the hype, especially considering how expensive it is compared to regular ply.
March 17, 2012