Rated 2.2 out of 5 by 43
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mike Poor value
Contrary to photo of this product, the piece I received was 5 ply. This item was made in Ecuador. The grain is very coarse and does not sand nor stain well. Tear out and splits are common when sawing or routing this product. I would not buy this product again.
This was part of an online/pickup order. I did not fully inspect this item as I had expected the same panel as I had purchased before. The panel I purchased previously was a 7 ply furniture grade piece and was priced nearly $10 less than this one.
I am very displeased with this plywood.
September 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Khalilmack Good Product :)
so far so good i have managed to build 2 nice cabinets with absolutely no problem. the wood feels really strong, and the wood never splintered on me and i only used a circular saw. im very happy with the product and i would definitely buy it again.
May 27, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by rocky092 Good, basic plywood boards
Inspect each board since they can get damaged and dinged in the store. I was unhappy to find some areas of the veneer that had bee filled with wood putty and did not take up stain as much as I would have liked. One of the boards had a small slice of veneer missing, so check each board front and back before you leave. I was able to hide these imperfections well enough. I noticed some of the cuts had missing filler in the ply, but again, I was able to hide many of the defects
September 7, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Corey Decent
The sheet was decent and cut fairly well even on cross cuts. The top and bottom ply is extremely thin, this should be taken into consideration depending on use.
September 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jondwdwrkr jondwdwrkr
I've been building cabinets for a couple of years and have used different brands of plywood. I've used "1/4, 1/2, and 3/4" inch thick plywood. I've used this particular plywood on three occasions for three projects (cabinets). This plywood is good to build cabinets and other wood work projects. I used it to build a podium (pulpit) for a church. I stained it with a water based stain, pecan color. See the pictures. Take time when choosing the sheet. Some get banged up and scratched. Also be careful when you sand it with a RO sander not to sand through the ply. So far, so good. If I run into a bad one, I will update review.
February 5, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DIYDoc Terrible for furniture!
Purchased two sheets of this plywood for some shelving for a bedroom. After spending hours cutting pieces to size, I decided to pause to make sure I could get the finish smoothed out. Despite fine grits of sandpaper, all I could do was raise the grain and it got fuzzy! There was no way it wouldn't look awful with paint. I had to buy new wood (birch plywood, $10 more) and cut it all over again. To their credit, Depot gave me a big discount on the replacement wood, but it was a lot of wasted time. Don't bother with this stuff unless you're just making junky unfinished garage shelves.
August 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Skippy DO NOT USE to build furniture
When I build a piece of furniture, I typically use solid poplar 1-by boards and birch plywood to provide that look of wood underneath whatever finish I choose. This time, I saw the Sande plywood and decided to save a few dollars on the 8 sheets of 3/4 inch 4 x 8 foot hardwood plywood I needed, thinking it was the same quality as the birch plywood I've purchased from Home Depot in the past. BIG MISTAKE! I am not expecting this to be "Baltic Birch", the beautiful, expensive, void-free stuff that you use to make drawer sides with, but I am expecting it to be at least acceptable. This product is far from acceptable. There are huge voids in the plies, sometimes 3 plies deep. And there are sometimes knots in the veneer (even on the good side) that bleed right through 2 layers of sealer and 4 layers of paint! Not only are there significant voids in the layer immediately under the veneer (translation: it warps when you put any finish on it), there are large sections where the veneer isn't glued down at all! Note I said veneer. The outer layer of sheathing is no more than a 1/32nd of an inch thick. I am in the middle of a huge 13 foot x 9 foot fireplace bookcase project and the cabinet and bookcase surfaces, made with the good side of this product, are bubbling up after the first coat of sealer! (See the pictures) And unlike something you can just return, these flaws were not visible until I had cut the wood and was well along on the project. I've used half a tub of wood fill on the voids, but I'm going to have to get a glue needle to glue through the veneer on the counter-top sections that have bubbled up, and it STILL won't look like it would have had the board just been glued correctly when made. This is a $1000 (materials only) project that is completely marred by inferior, misrepresented hardwood plywood. I am mad as heck and I will be sure to tell folks in my instructables tutorials NEVER to buy this product.
April 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Electrojim I didn't have problems
Either HD has changed its sourcing, or the naysayers here are professional woodworkers who probably ought to be buying from pro suppliers. There were two references to this material coming from China; the sheets I got were made in Ecuador.
I had a built-in garage cabinet project and selected this particular material in 1/2" thickness because it was actually less expensive than the 1/2" A/C sheets in the next shelf, which were full of patches on the A side and cracks on the C side. That project came out fine, although I simply primed and painted and did not get involved in 'fine finishing' at all.
But I had some wood left over and built a couple of brackets for mounting a couple of loudspeakers to the wall. On these I sanded, stained and varnished. As someone else pointed out, this wood does exhibit a lot of 'fuzz' after sanding, but rather than trying to fix this early-on, I put the stain coat on (Minwax oil-based), and when the stain odor went away in a couple of days I put on a coat of water-base polyurethane satin varnish. Once that was dry I sanded lightly and the finish got very smooth... all the 'fuzz' got hard and sanded off. A second coat of the varnish made a nice finish with just the right amount of grain relief.
My only complaint is wishing that these pieces did not carry stick-on labels, you have to wash the adhesive off with lacquer thinner or it will mess-up the finish.
March 14, 2016