Plywood


#1

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Hi. So I bought my Glowforge a few months back now and have been trying to make some products in order to get a business running from home. However I’m open to ideas as I haven’t yet chosen any one product to focus on which I know may be important at some point.

My biggest hurdle however is that which I yet have no knowledge about and one of the biggest barrier is not knowing the correct material for the correct product.

I see many product images with different colour wood, I understand it could be different types of wood or stains but again I don’t know and I tried purchacing 3mm plywood locally in U.K., West Midlands, but it turned out to be really bad quality. How do I know what to buy and for what? any help appreciated.

Thank you.


#2

I’m going to shift your post to the Beyond the Manual section so you can get some input from the “experts”. (Glowforge doesn’t offer opinions on non-Proofgrade materials.)

You might have the best luck with Baltic Birch on the woods, it’s generally better quality, is a nice light color that takes stain well, and it’s inexpensive. ( Also usually available online.)

Hehe! Somebody beat me to it. :smile:


#3

hi, ok thanks il check out baltic birch


#4

I just want to “second” Jules’ recommendation for Baltic Birch plywood. I cut a LOT of 1/8" (3mm) Baltic Birch, and it usually cuts very well.

I used the settings for the Proofgrade Maple Plywood, and it works pretty well.

I’ve also tried cutting 1/4" plywood, but I find it does not cut as well. There are often spots that are thicker and don’t cut through. I find it faster and cheaper to cut 1/8" twice and glue it together.


#5

Third for baltic birch - you can source it at Amazon for really good pricing and it’s consistent in cutting / etching / etc. I use a ton of it!


#6

Oh great advice. Thanks I will keep note of that. Very helpful :+1:


#7

Oh thanks very much. I will check it out. Very helpful :+1: