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Is oak plywood dissappearing from your store?

I went today and tried to by a sheet of 1/4" oak plywood and couldn't get any. Both Lowe's, Home depot and two smaller companies didn't stock it anymore.
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Menards has it in our area. Lumber yards and woodshops have disappeared in our area though.
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Try Texas Plywood & Lumber
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Here's what my local plywood supplier has. Description/Quantity on Hand/Price. This is red oak. They also have white oak plywood.

3/16 4 X 8 MDF OAK / MILL 2 $15.95
3/16 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK 81 $17.95
3/16 8 X 4 MDF OAK G1S RIFT 34 $14.95
1/4 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK 9 $29.95
1/4 4 X 8 MDF OAK / MILL DARLINGTON BEADED 21 $17.95
1/4 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK COLUMBIA BEADED OAK 28 $19.95
3/8 4 X 8 VC OAK / MAPLE VINYL BACK 10 $29.95
3/8 4 X 8 VC OAK / BASSWOOD 9 $29.95
1/2 4 X 8 COMBO CORE V/C MDF OAK / BIRCH 68 $32.95
1/2 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK 3 $29.95
1/2 4 X 6 VC OAK / BIRCH 1 $23.95
1/2 4 X 8 VC OAK / MILL 3 $29.95
1/2 4 X 8 VC OAK / BASSWOOD 9 $29.95
1/2 4 X 8 VC OAK / BIRCH 18 $32.95
1/2 4 X 8 VC OAK / OAK 80 $34.95
1/2 4 X 8 VC OAK / OAK QTR SAWN 12 $39.95
11/16 4 X 6 VC OAK / BIRCH 6 $27.95
11/16 4 X 8 VC OAK / BIRCH 2 $36.95
11/16 4 X 8 VC OAK / OAK 2 $39.95
3/4 8 X 4 COMBO CORE V/C MDF OAK / OAK 39 $44.95
3/4 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK 6 $39.95
3/4 4 X 6 VC OAK / MILL 3 $23.95
3/4 4 X 6 VC OAK / WHITE PAPER BACK 2 $24.95
3/4 4 X 6 VC OAK / BIRCH 5 $24.95
3/4 4 X 8 VC OAK / OAK UV 2 SIDES 1 $39.95
3/4 4 X 10 VC OAK / OAK 27 $54.95
3/4 4 X 10 VC OAK / OAK RIFT 2 SIDES 15 $59.95
1 1/4 in 4 X 6 COMBO CORE VC MDF OAK / Mill 7 $24.95

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Grand Prairie is about 50 miles from me. If I went that far I use Brazos Forest Products which is in the neighborhood of six flags. Had I known the plywood wasn't in the stores I could have had it delivered when I bought the solid oak.

I will be in Dallas tomorrow. I was thinking of stopping by Ivey Lumber on Jupiter Rd. in Garland. They usually have what nobody else don't.
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Holy cow!

If this
1/4 4 X 8 MDF OAK / OAK 9 $29.95
means 4 ft by 8 ft 1/4" mdf core oak both faces

that price is a steal.

I paid $79 for that exact thing this past fall, in Medford Oregon.

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When I was building a cabinet in ~2000 and needed 1/4" oak plywood, the stores had plenty, but every sheet was warped or damaged on the side from banding. I finally found a yard that was going out of business that had a couple sheets left that they had handled properly.
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My local Lowes had it in stock in various sizes.

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When I got into the business ash was the wood of the day. You could buy ash plywood anywhere. Then the wood of the day became oak. What is strange is maple and alder are the wood of today and these stores aren't carrying that either.
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Our Lowe’s has oak plywood, but only 4x4 and 2x4 ..... Maybe that’s going away, too ....
I can no longer get 3/8" oak boards at either Lowe’s or HD ....
Used to buy it in 2ft, and 4ft in several widths ....
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Interesting. Maybe a shortage? Or not enough demand?

I picked up a 2x4 piece of 1/4" oak ply just a few weeks ago, at either my local HD or Lowe's (can't recall which), but now they no longer list it as available for pickup.

There are a few lumberyards within a reasonable distance that list it, and theirs is likely a better quality, i.e., less warped, but they're not as convenient as either HD or Lowe's for me.

The son of a friend of ours is a Home Depot territory manager for a few local states; if our paths cross, I'll ask him if he knows what the deal is.
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Our Lowe’s has oak plywood, but only 4x4 and 2x4 ..... Maybe that’s going away, too ....
I can no longer get 3/8" oak boards at either Lowe’s or HD ....
Used to buy it in 2ft, and 4ft in several widths ....
I found some online in a 2x4 size on lowes website and when I got there it was 4x2 which wouldn't work. I needed two door panels that was 14"x40" They apparently don't know the product they are selling.

I was on my way to an Ivey lumber company in Dallas and stopped at a different Lowe's and they had about 25 4x8 sheets. In the end I only had to go to five different stores to find the wood I needed.
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I needed just a few feet of 1/4" oak recently so spent an hour rooting through HD's pile of warped and twisted mess to finally find a 3'x6" piece and I'll still have to glue and clamp it good and tight into its final resting place. Right now I have it sandwiched between two heavy, flat pieces of Tzalam to keep the weather from getting to it before I need to use it.. I don't have much confidence in buying lumber from HD with the exception of some yellow pine and even then it's hit and miss..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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Grand Prairie is about 50 miles from me. If I went that far I use Brazos Forest Products which is in the neighborhood of six flags. Had I known the plywood wasn't in the stores I could have had it delivered when I bought the solid oak.

I will be in Dallas tomorrow. I was thinking of stopping by Ivey Lumber on Jupiter Rd. in Garland. They usually have what nobody else don't.
Brazos is certainly best for hardwoods but Tx Ply used to carry much more plywood selection. And they will deliver.
My last purchase from Ivey was for lumber core plywood which proved to be too sorry to even use. Some I’m done there.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I tried Dixieply once and they wouldn't sell to me unless a salesman came to my shop to make sure I had a real business.

Jupiter Rd turned out to be the answer. I found the plywood at the lowes at Jupiter and Northwest Hwy.
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I tried Dixieply once and they wouldn't sell to me unless a salesman came to my shop to make sure I had a real business.

Jupiter Rd turned out to be the answer. I found the plywood at the lowes at Jupiter and Northwest Hwy.
If it's any consolation I used to buy from Dixieply and had a resale permit registered with them. Still I went for a couple years without buying from them and they did the same thing requiring a salesman come to my shop to verify that I was a business. Turned out Ivey lumber a short distance from there had what I needed so I marked Dixieply off my list of suppliers. A lot of places are doing that. I heard Wilson plywood and door won't sell to an individual anymore. Must be nice to be picky about your customers.
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