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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
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Product Overview

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.
  • 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
  • Decorative top and bottom veneers, measuring approximately 1/42 in. 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
  • California residents

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Engineered Wood Type
Hardwood Plywood
Plywood Features
Span Rating
Not Applicable
Weather Exposure

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
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Questions & Answers


Is this suitable for a desk chair mat? Can it handle the 150-250LB weight of the chair and person?

Asked by GK September 19, 2020

I would not use this to support a chair with rollers; depending on the size of the pads on your particular chair the pads may leave dents in the face plies. Feet smaller than 3/4” each will concentrate the weight of the chair high enough that they will leave dents

Is this Product good to make exterior door

Asked by Rey September 8, 2020

Plywood used for an exterior door at some point will probably start to delaminate. If the door is protected from the elements it will have a better chance to perform as expected. Overall I would not recommend it for an exterior door

can I get this cut to what I need?

Asked by Ike July 22, 2020

Yes. Don’t expect perfect cuts. They can’t be responsible for cabinet precision.

Can I have it cut down at the home depot store?14 inches the long way..14"×8'?

Asked by Javier July 17, 2020

you would have to ask your local store if their cutting wood

can you cut to size on only do 1 cut

Asked by Luis April 25, 2020

They will do cuts free. Every cut after that is .50 or .75 cent.

why is the plywood not glued we’ll? It Falls apart! Cutting A 1/4 dado ??

Asked by Jackedup April 1, 2020

Sheet goods, especially plywood, is like anything else, you get what you pay for. A lot of the plywood sold at big box stores is used as full sheets (decking, sub-floors etc), where some voids and thin-glued areas don't matter. I find that I have to pay a premium price to get premium plywood, which may not be available at the multi-department home improvement stores.

Would this be recommended for a counter top, if sealed?

Asked by Stephanie February 23, 2020

Perhaps. Under the correct conditions this 1/2 thick plywood material will be an excellent substrate for a countertop. 1) to make this material strong enough to take the abuse; glue two thicknesses together with Titebond-3 water-proof glue, using enough 3/4” screws on 6” centers to pull the 2 panels together while the glue is still tacky. From start to last screw driven you’ll have about 8 minutes open time between when you first start to apply the glue, spread it over one of the surfaces, clamp it together and drive the screws home , so it would be a good idea to predrill the holes for the ~20-25 screws you’ll need. 2) once you have a 1” thick plywood panel with birch veneers on the outside, if you’re planning on staining it to get the color or tint you want- this would be the time to do it. 3) sand the good side of the panel (the other side will have about 20-25 screws buried in its surface) thru the grit (120x, 180x, 240x) dampen the surface with water just once to raise the grain and sand it again quickly with the 240 grit. Let it completely dry. After staining, resand with 400 grit and then seal both sides with a good waterborne urethane finish like the General finishes brand (it’s not cheap) apply 2 coats on the screwed together side; apply 4 coats to the good side, following the directions on the can. 4) Now you’ve a panel that’s both strong enough and sealed. If you’ve decided to do a hardwood edge (to cover up the edges of the plies. Trim off 1/4” using a 60 tooth 10 “ carbide-tipped sawblade on your table saw. Make the cut is straight. Glue on (using Titebond 3 again) the hardwood edging - use white oak since it’s both hard, strong, and tolerates water pretty well, and it accepts glue. Attach it with 16 gauge pneumatically driven nails below the surface. Then seal it just like the plywood panels and it’ll work great for the next 15 years.

What is the thickness of the exterior skin of the birch veneer

Asked by Jack February 12, 2020

1/42 thick.

what is the best plywood and thickness to make your own plank flooring with?

Asked by Jennifer December 9, 2019

The Veneer is not thick enough. You’ll run into so many issues with making your own. We had to patch a floor once. We cut down another engineered floor and put tongue and groove. Didn’t work very well.

How many ply are used to make up the thickness?

Asked by Bo October 18, 2019

5-ply sheet

1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Birch Plywood - page 2

Customer Reviews

  • 3.9
    out of 259 reviews
  • 81% recommend this product
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Bought 1 sheet - issue with delamination
I would certainly not buy this again. I only bought 1 sheet and part of it delaminated. See photos. I contacted the manufacturer and they were helpful with good communication, but there was not much they could do about the several hours I spent cutting up drawer pieces only to have pieces ruined by delaminating layers. Pros: Surface was smooth. Painted finish turned out pretty good. Company was helpful when I contacted them about the issue in cons. (would be 1 star review if not for good communication by the company) Cons: The big one, and reason for the low rating is that layers of the plywood delaminated after I had cut it. See the photos. There were not signs of issues before I cut the sheet down to size. All factory edges were well glued together, but a pretty big section in the middle seemed to be missing glue or the glue failed. I only found out after spent a couple hours cutting (and dadoing) pieces for drawers. Those pieces were scrap and needed to be recut. Very frustrating and would keep me away from this product even if everything else was great. Quality was not great even without the delamination issue. True thickness is very low for ½” nominal plywood. Listed at 0.453, and I measured pretty consistently 0.44 with a dial caliper. Only 5 ply and the core felt very soft for hardwood plywood. For comparison, a piece of ½” maple plywood I got from another big box store for the same price was 7 ply, with a harder core, thickener veneer, less voids, and measured 0.490” with calipers (though it wasn’t quite as smooth so it took more sanding). That’s a huge difference in quality when paying the same price. I included a picture showing the item being reviewed and a piece of better quality plywood I got for the same price elsewhere.
by SunFuels
Response from CFP Customer ServiceFeb 23, 2021
I sincerely apologize for the issues you had with our product. You should not have had the issues you describe in your review. Please reach out to me at mhale@cfpwood.com or 336-291-5869 so we can make it right. Thanks - Michael
How can Home Depot say one can make beautiful furniture or cabinets from this garbage? Wrong! Read the description carefully as this product is less than 1/2" thick. I measured it at 12mm. Now the quality issues: 1. Two of the five plys are veneers 1/42" thick. Purebond glue did not adhere to the veneers in some areas. Had to reglue the veneer in some areas. 2. The three central cores are filled with large knots, voids and possible compressed sawdust. In the sheet that I purchased, the two cores surrounding the central core are comprised of very porous wood. Glue soaks into these plys so much that I had to reglue many of the joints just to get them to bond. 3. Center ply filled with large knots. I had to fill these areas with wooden strips in order to properly secure the sides of the piece I was making. 4. Some areas of the center ply appears to be made of compressed sawdust. Sawdust just poured out of the center ply and it was dark in color. I have spent more of my time fixing the pieces that I cut in order to use them for something other than furniture. I should invoice CFP for my time spent correcting their poor;y made plywood.
by Disappointed
Response from CFP Customer ServiceFeb 5, 2021
I apologize for the issues you had with our product. I'd like to get some more information and perhaps some images of these problems so we can investigate what may have gone wrong in the production. Please contact me at mhale@cfpwood.com or 336-291-5869 so we can work together on a resolution. Thanks - Michael
Very poor quality
Bought several sheets for bar/banquette/bookshelf projects. Found numerous large areas with no glue between plies. What a disappointment to spend this kind of money, wrestle these things home and onto the saw, only to discover these flaws after carefully measuring and cutting complex parts.
by SawdustInMyCoffee
Response from CFP Customer ServiceSep 1, 2020
I apologize for the issues you had with our product. I'd like to discuss this with you and work together on a resolution to make things right. Give me a call at 800-637-1609 or email mhale@cfpwood.com so we can discuss. Thanks -- Michael
8 people found this helpful
Inferior product
Inferior product. Only 3 plys plus 2 very thin veneer outside plys. There were many voids in the plywood sheets. If there is a flaw showing on the outside of the sheet that indicates NO ply behind veneer. You could push your finger through the flaw. Photos of flaw included. Printing on edge of plywood is "Columbia TSCA Title VI 1/2" C3 Birch 751196-017 833-185".
by Gary
Response from CFP Customer ServiceJul 8, 2020
I sincerely apologize for these issues. You should not have had the issues described in your review. I have passed these images and info along to the mill to work on correcting the error. I have reached out to you by email to work out a resolution. Thank you -- Michael
4 people found this helpful
Good product for a quick project.
Good product for a quick project.
by HomeDepotCustomer
Beautiful plywood
I made a shiplap accent wall in my daughters room to give it a different look. It turned out great! Really love the look of the birch plywood. I asked Home Depot to cut it down to my desired width and they did. Very grateful for the Home Depot guy that helped me. I am also pleased that the plywood is formaldehyde free, very thankful since it is in my daughters room.
by Amy
2 people found this helpful
Used it as a counter for laundry room. Stains well
Used it as a counter for laundry room. Stains well
by Debby
1 person found this helpful
Very thin birch laminated layer. Difficult to cut without chipping/tearing edges. Surface was n...
Very thin birch laminated layer. Difficult to cut without chipping/tearing edges. Surface was not as smooth as some regular plywood I have used. Looked great after staining and several coats of polyurethane, but still required much sanding between coats (more than I have needed for oak or maple).
by Jim
1 person found this helpful
Good value in plywood with smooth surfaces and no voids. The plywood has excellent surface finish...
Good value in plywood with smooth surfaces and no voids. The plywood has excellent surface finish and showed no voids during repeated cutting, I cut the samples shown using a stationary table saw spinning a general purpose blade. This is 1/2-inch plywood and the rip cut caused some minor tearing on the inner plies but the cross cut was very smooth -- something to keep in mind when gluing edges. I used this plywood to produce box-jointed drawers and had excellent results (a thin backer board prevented tearing by the dado blades). I gave this plywood five stars without hesitation. Nine-ply Baltic birch from a specialty lumber company would be nicer, but a lot more expensive.
by Fisodriver
2 people found this helpful
Made two sets of cornhole boards with this. Very little sanding needed for a perfect finish.
Made two sets of cornhole boards with this. Very little sanding needed for a perfect finish.
by May63
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