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Old 04-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #16
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I called up a local lumber store today and asked if they had AC or BC plywood. They said they had both. I went down and couldn't find the AC. I only found the BC. When I asked about the AC, they pointed me to this.

Any idea about this? I know nothing about it, which is why I am asking. The BC plywood was listed as BC plywood. This wasn't listed as AC plywood. Maybe it's the fact that most everything that comes from China isn't the greatest, but I figured I would see what I could find out about it first.





Looking it up online, I found that it's for interior use, imported white birch, from China. Would this be the same as the imported birch you were referring to in a previous post?


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Was the import birch cheaper? That is a little high for a counter top. Check the import birch and see if the veneer is super thin, if it is it is paint grade and should be a cheaper grade. AC plywood is A grade on one side and C grade on the other, BC is B one side C the other. The A grade side should be free of knots and holes, the C side will have holes were knots fell out and such.

BC plywood, the B side will have football shaped plugs but no holes and will make a good base for a counter top. Which ever you buy be sure to check to see if the plywood is delaminating. A lot of Home Depot and some Lowes plywood is bad about that.
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Was the import birch cheaper? That is a little high for a counter top. Check the import birch and see if the veneer is super thin, if it is it is paint grade and should be a cheaper grade. AC plywood is A grade on one side and C grade on the other, BC is B one side C the other. The A grade side should be free of knots and holes, the C side will have holes were knots fell out and such.

BC plywood, the B side will have football shaped plugs but no holes and will make a good base for a counter top. Which ever you buy be sure to check to see if the plywood is delaminating. A lot of Home Depot and some Lowes plywood is bad about that.
No, the BC plywood was about $16.00 cheaper than what's in the picture. This wasn't at a Home Depot or a Lowes. It was at a place called McCoys.

https://www.mccoys.com/


Also, I made a mistake. My picture shows Red Oak. Under the picture I posted, I said it was White Birch. Sorry, I got the two mixed up.

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I would go with the BC.
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The stuff above is paint grade. I went to another lumber yard today and got some real nice AC fir at $42.00 a sheet. They even let me go into the warehouse and pick out the pieces I wanted. Will update as I make progress. Thanks again for the help BigJim.

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I'll make another thread showing the full progress soon. I don't want to hijack this one. Here's the nearly finished results.

Thank you for this thread, and for all of your help, BigJim. I truly appreciate it.

The laminate is Canyon Black by Wilsonart.




This is how they really look.






When I learn more about electricity, I plan to swap the outlets out with grey outlets. For now, I put the grey trim on.






Ignore the pan on the bar. I moved it off of the stove when I took a picture of the stove, then forgot that I put it on the bar when I took this picture.






Next up is to get matching knobs and hinges, paint the cabinets, finish the bar top, and the floor. (Not exactly in that order.) I have the bar top built, but decided not to laminate it and do something else.
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Buddy, you did a fantastic job, looks great.
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Buddy, you did a fantastic job, looks great.
I couldn't have done it without your help. If not for this thread, I wouldn't have thought to ask some of the questions I did, and most likely would have used the wrong materials, or not completed it right the first time. Thank you!
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Man, you did a great job on that joker..!

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