I’m interested to know how many others use mostly shop grade plywood for projects (cabinets, entertainment centers, etc.) as compared to the more expensive grades of hardwood plywood. The majority of my customers don’t know one grade from another, so to keep price down, I usually build with shop grade: it’s about $12 per sheet less than the next grade, which is mdf core. ( Besides the extra expense, I dislike MDF because of the fine dust created when cutting, and the extra weight.) Besides an occassional void beneath the veneer, I’ve never had any reason not to use it. My products are usually in red oak, which is still popular here.
One more question: why is it referred to as “shop” grade. It almost sounds like it is intended for workshop jigs and fixtures. Thanks for any input on this, just wondering. GP