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Old 04-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Is there a difference?

So I'm trying to build a quality bench for my tools and equipment. Is there a difference between the expensive plywood versus your normal standard plywood?


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I would use 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood, simply because of the numerous layers of ply. 7 layers I believe.
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Birch ply is a good choice. It is usually pretty flat and makes a nice finish product. It's about 45 a sheet though. CDx is good if you are not worried about the appearance. Mdf is a good choice for the top because it is flat and smooth, but I would only use it on the top. Mdo is also a great choice but is a little pricy. It is very water resistant though, if that means anything. And the there is ac which is good but for the price you might as well spring for the birch

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It kind of depends on what you are using your workbench for.

Mine used to have, among other things, grinders attached to it for basic sharpening of lawnmower blades and chisels. It was thick oak and maple. The high heat shavings of metal would near destroy any birch veneered piece of plywood?

My drawing table top, used more as a dining table than a drawing table sits on a MOMA base. It is birch ply combo. It has been functioning perfectly in both capacities for decades now.


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