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source for baltic birch

I'm getting ready to build my guitar cabinet out of baltic birch and wanted to see where some of you guys get baltic birch from. I live in southwest VA.
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I get it from some of the hardwood plywood distributors in this area. You could check with a regular lumberyard. When checking around, you could also ask for Apple Ply. It's similar and you can get it in 4'x8'.










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Thanks for the tip. This may be a dumb question, but is something like 84 Lumber considered a "regular lumberyard"?
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Thanks for the tip. This may be a dumb question, but is something like 84 Lumber considered a "regular lumberyard"?
While 84 Lumber could be considered a "regular lumberyard", my local ones don't carry Baltic Birch or Apple Ply.










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The menards by my house actually carries baltic birch. It is the only one in the area though that does. A hardwood dealer will have baltic birch too.
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I'm getting ready to build my guitar cabinet out of baltic birch and wanted to see where some of you guys get baltic birch from. I live in southwest VA.
Hey man, check out aitwood.com, they are normally used for drum shells and such, but I believe they actually sell sheets of Baltic Birch still, that is who I used to go through for that same purpose.
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hi,
on Long Island, I am having a very hard time finding 3/8 or 1/2 baltic birch

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Ralph, this thread is 9 years old. Go to the introduction area, tell us a little about yourself, and the start a new thread in the general area asking for BB sources.

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will do...
need some supplies do it when i get back

want to build some desk top things out of the BB
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I ended up getting baltic birch from a place called Woodcraft in Roanoke VA, not sure if that exists up where you are, but I think that's the kind of store you want to look for.
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You can find Baltic Birch at lumber yards. Call around first. It comes in 5x5 foot (60 x 60 inch) square sheets. Specialty woodworking stores like Woodcraft and Rockler sell cut pieces, like 12 x 24 or 24 x 30 inches, for example. There may be a store near you. Baltic Birch is expensive from them:
https://www.woodcraft.com/search?q=baltic+birch
https://www.rockler.com/shop?w=baltic+birch

There are different grades of Baltic Birch. If you price shop, be sure you are comparing the same grade and thickness. Baltic Birch is actually metric. Stated Imperial dimensions are approximate.

Around here (Southern California), you can also buy "Russian Birch" plywood. It is similar to Baltic Birch (many thin plies, all birch, no fills). It comes in 4x8 foot sheets. Prices are usually lower than comparable Baltic Birch, but I have seen them cost more, too. (My price comparisons were "per square foot" for the same thickness plywood.) I have not used it myself.

When I got back into woodworking a few years ago, I bought some low-cost plywood just to have some in stock for jigs and stuff. Based on my previous woodworking experience from the 1970s and 1980s, I expected something flat and practical. What I got was badly warped and useless. I went out and bought some Baltic Birch. It cost twice as much, but I never looked back. I like to keep Baltic Birch "in stock" at home - 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and 3/4 inch. When I run low on a given thickness, I replace it with another 5x5 sheet.
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In Cincinnati, none of the big-box stores I checked stock BB. 5x5 sheets and 4x8 sheets are stocked at Paxton Lumber, a store that specializes in wood for the professional woodworking/cabinet maker. I find that Menards in Cincinnati will order it for you and two years ago I order 6 sheets from them along with a variety of others and had it delivered.

I wanted to support Paxton, but they will not deliver to residential address whereas Menards would.

Folks like Rockler and Woodcraft in Cincinnati stock only small squares of the material, presumably for jig use, but do not carry full-size sheets.



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I buy my Baltic birch in 5' x 5' sheets from a local cabinet shop, not a normal retailer. I would suspect most, or all, cabinet shops would have a supply on hand for their own use and in my experience, they will sell it to as a hobbyist woodworker if asked. You might try that angle.
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We can buy nicely sanded furniture grade birch plywood, but I don't think it is Baltic Birch. I thought Baltic birch was the special soft birch plywood used for scroll saws.
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We can buy nicely sanded furniture grade birch plywood, but I don't think it is Baltic Birch. I thought Baltic birch was the special soft birch plywood used for scroll saws.
Perhaps the description means different things in different regions, but in eastern Iowa where I am, Baltic Birch ply is commonly used as drawer material for cabinets. That is what I use it for and what my source, the cabinet making shop, is also using it for FWIW.
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Perhaps the description means different things in different regions, but in eastern Iowa where I am, Baltic Birch ply is commonly used as drawer material for cabinets. That is what I use it for and what my source, the cabinet making shop, is also using it for FWIW.

The world has definitely gotten smaller. Just this winter, I noticed my local grocery store was selling White Birch firewood from Estonia and Lowes was selling white birch firewood from Latvia. The kindling sold was thin shakes of alder from "various" suppliers, but said it was from the EU. Who'da thought?
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Apparently what we have is veneer and is sold as furniture grade.

Just found this from Rockler. https://www.rockler.com/how-to/diffe...-birch-plywood
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