Before I buy Woodpeckers 3mm baltic birch on Amazon I thought I would ask if anyone knew a place in the Seattle area which may provide a better option.
Rockler and Woodcraft have 3mm BB ply, but it does cost more than Woodpeckers. If their ply is dramatically better quality, it still may be worth it.
Dunn Lumber seems to have no craft-style wood other than those MDF+veneer “doorskins.”
HD seems to have no 1/8 ply at all, though they have some craft-style hardwoods like poplar and oak.
Martin in Everett has a lot of cool stuff. They do list a 5’ x 5’ sheet of 1/8" BB ply at $23. That brings the price per square foot to about a buck… not counting gas and the hassle of cutting it down.
Martin also has big sheets of 1/8" A3 mahogany ply for about $0.55/sq ft.
Anyone have experience with the Martin 1/8 plywoods?
In my opinion, the Rockler baltic birch is better than the Woodpeckers stuff from Amazon, but not enough to justify the price difference. Sacrifice the worst sheets to test cuts and prototypes and you’ll still be ahead cost-wise.
Another place to try is Crosscut Hardwoods down on First Ave S (south of Spokane St.). They have 5x5 sheets of 1/8" BB. Not sure about the price, but in my limited experience with them in the past they’re usually in the “expensive but worth it” category. Besides baltic birch, they have a wide variety of hardwood-veneer plywoods with and MDF core, though most only go down to 1/4".
Second for Cross Cut Hardwoods in SODO. I’ve used them a lot over the years for wood projects. Not the cheapest place around but good quality, honest, and just walking around the wood racks there is awesome. I’m still working off of shop scraps but will probably be hitting them up in the next month as well.
Hi folks, just stumbled across this thread. Not sure it’s still relevant, but I just spoke to Crosscut hardwoods in Seattle, they have 3mm baltic birch in 5x5’ for approx. $15, with the downside that both faces are BB (read potentially plugged), but of course you can pick and choose your sheets. They of course also have thicker material which I am just mentioning because it was of interest to me as well, baltic birch in 6mm retails for approx. $22 for a 5x5’ sheet and $42 for a 4x8’ sheet.
Thought so as well. One thing to note though: what I have not been able to check yet is how much you’ll have to deal with glue that you can’t cut through. Not sure I can bring a bright enough light to the store to inspect each sheet , so it’ll likely come down to buying a few sheets and seeing how it goes.
In general, baltic is baltic. I would bring calipers before i’d bring a light. Thickness variations are a bigger deal… I’ve gotten .13 and .12 thick from the same vendor, and had much easier time with the .12 stuff.