Why Should I Use Baltic Birch Plywood for My Next Project?Comments (0)
Baltic Birch Plywood, sometimes called Russian Birch,
is produced in Finland and Russia from trees originating in the Baltic region
of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Qualities of Baltic Birch Plywood
Birch's color is light in appearance, and it has a very uniform grain that is smooth and durable.
Baltic Birch Plywood’s most desirable quality is its strength. It has multiple plies of Birch veneer that provide superior stability and strength. Each ply is a very consistent 3mm, and there are typically more plies than standard plywood.
Because the core layers are made from void-free Birch instead of a softer, less expensive species, the screw bites with all its threads.
Due to the void-free construction, the dovetail and finger joints are strong, and when showing off the edges of the plywood, there is a very clean look.
Sometimes referred to as nominal imperial measurements, it is actually metric.
We frequently get asked about the difference between Baltic Birch and Finnish Birch Plywood.
There a couple of important differences:
Finnish Birch Plywood
Uses Phenol Resin Adhesive, suitable for exterior situations when properly protected
Comes in imperial inch thicknesses
Denser than Baltic Birch Plywood
Baltic Birch Plywood
Uses a Urea Resin Glue that is moisture resistant, but not recommended for outdoor use.
Much less expensive than Finnish Birch Plywood
Baltic Birch grading is established by the Russian Government. Grading the outer faces is done in a lettering system with a format of front/back.
A: Nearly perfect
B: Generally uniform light color, with no plugs, but may have pin knots
BB: Generally uniform color, though color variations/stains are allowed. Limited number of plugs.
CP: Generally less consistent color, more prevalent defects (knots, staining, etc.) and an unlimited amount of plugs.
C: Utility Grade
Woodcraft WoodshopItem 159763
You must be logged in to write a comment. Log In