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Radiata Plywood from HD

Hi all,
Walking though my local HD yesterday and I noticed some plywood called Radiata ply... wondering what people know/think about this stuff? Its nicer than the 3/4 pine sanded plywood, and almost looks as nice as the baltic birch stuff they has sitting next to it.
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Oh nevermind, I have the Luan ply, not the Radiata.
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I bought some of the unfinished Radiata plywood from HD recently to make an outfeed table. The lure of 9-ply plywood seemed awfully tempting, especially with the $35/sheet price. What I found, however, is that there were many voids in the plies, which often were jumbled up together inside, and the veneer was micro-thin and produced a pretty sorry finish. In other words...you get what you pay for. With that said, I'd probably still be tempted by the low price for things like an outfeed table which I'm not trying to display to the world.
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This type of plywood comes in many forms. It receives its name from the species of mono cultured forest (not really a good thing) grown now very cheaply in Chili, Argentina, etc.

Pinus Radiata or by the vernacular Monterey Pine is native to costal Southern California and some of the island chains there. My mother loved the light scent and work-ability of this species which takes traditional finishes well.

I can't speak to the mono-cultured plys made of it, though I know these are extremely fast grown and there are (??) GMO varieties...Not a world I play in, nor care to...

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The Radiata plywood is just another type of pine plywood. Radiata pine trees just have a wide growth ring and more straight grain giving it a better appearance than the white pine or yellow pine normally found in plywood.
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The Radiata plywood is just another type of pine plywood. Radiata pine trees just have a wide growth ring and more straight grain giving it a better appearance than the white pine or yellow pine normally found in plywood.
Well...actually...as I know it from distributors we use, Radiata Plywood is indeed describing the dominate species within the plywood itself.

It does have different characteristics, behavior, and application than just "pine plywood" and not all are the same at all...

I'm referencing information from Home Depot regional distributor...and our local distributor Premium Plywood Products, Inc. and Atlantic Plywood Corporation both 15 minutes from our shop.

Again, most of this is coming out of Chile and Argentina...I'm not guessing here, I'm just choosing not to use it unless one of the clients and/or architects specs. it for projects. When its from a good distributor and manufacture, it is a premium surface to work with, unfortunately the current...Radiata Plywood...market is adulterated with inferior materials...often found in big box stores...

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