You pros out there are probably already well aware of the difference between pro lumber yard products and big box products. Maybe some of the amateurs like me are not fully aware of the difference. This morning I bought two 4X8 sheets of 3/4 birch veneer plywood from a lumber yard here in San Antonio that caters to pro cabinet makers. They cost $31 per sheet of B-2 (not sure what that means) grade. This afternoon I was in Lowes and checked their prices. They wanted $45 per sheet of “Professional” (not sure what means either) grade 3/4 birch plywood. The B-2 grade had one nice face and one very nice face. It had 10 plys under the veneer (I thought it was supposed to be an odd number but I counted them an odd number of times and they still came out even). There were absolutely no voids in the plys. Lowes “Professional” grade had 2 so-so faces, only 5 plys and beaucoup voids in the plys.
I am convinced. For a 33% savings and 3 times the quality I will drive across San Antonio to the pro lumber yard any time.
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