Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Volusia County, FL
I had a short discussion with our plywood salesman at work the other day about the birch troubles. We had just received a returned bundle of the Chinese birch plywood back from a customer because of delamination and I brought up the problems mentioned on this forum.
In the last 6 months we have sent back to our supplier approximately 5 units (+/- 250 sheets) of the unfinished C-2 China birch, and about 1 1/2 units of the prefinish variety due to delamination.
Our salesman has been talking to our supplier about this problem and they have basically told him flat out it is only going to get worse.
We also have other plywood species (Red Oak, Maple etc.) from the same supplier which don't seem to have this issue. So from what I can see it seems to be a birch only problem.
Unfortunately the price of domestic made plywood is substantially higher, so many customers have to take a chance on the import plywood.
About the best thing I could say is to have the store cut the sheet for you at your largest usable dimension and hopefully if it's a bad sheet you'll see it there.
EDIT: I just re-read my post, I just wanted to make it clear I don't work for Menards so I'm certainly not speaking for them!
Last edited by Eric13; 02-04-2012 at 08:46 AM.