Baltic Birch Supplier in North East

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Baltic Birch Supplier in North East

Postby dfidler » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:30 pm

Hi All,

Disclaimer: I'm new to woodworking, please be gentle. :)

I've made the odd item out of the cheap "external plywood" that you can buy from Maxwell's DIY and I'm astonished by how bad that ply is (impossible to route cleanly, voids every few inches, warps if you breathe on it the wrong way) and I'm looking for something better.

I keep hearing about "baltic birch" and how magical it is but I can't seem to find a local supplier that either knows what it is (which surprised me) or that can tell me if their stock is "baltic" (which, I understand, is significant because the baltic birch's manufacturing process is different from normal ply). A couple of places have told me they have BB/BB birch ply. Neither could tell me if it was baltic birch. One did call their supplier and were told that the birch would be sourced from either Russia, Canada or Finland. But that doesn't really answer my question either. Either way, no one seems to have the 5x5 sheets which I'm reading I should look out for.

Does anyone know where I can source some baltic birch in the North east (Newcastle/Durham area) and what I should expect to pay, per sheet, these days? Note: I've seen it online, delivered, for £130/sheet, which seems pretty high.

Or if baltic birch ply is too hard/expensive to get these days, can anyone recommend an alternative

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Re: Baltic Birch Supplier in North East

Postby promhandicam » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:44 pm

I'm not an expert on ply, but Baltic ply would refer to birch ply coming from the baltic region which would include Finland. On the odd occasions I've wanted decent quality ply I get Latvian birch ply from my supplier Richard Russell Panels, but they are in the South East so not much help to you. You want to get, if you can, b/bb grade or s+/bb grade as one face at least should be free from plugs although if you are lucky the more common bb/bb grade can be acceptable.

Hope this helps.

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