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    Decimal thickness of cabinet grade ply?

    Im doing some designing and need the thickness of , cabinet grade plywood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Clardy View Post
    Measured what I have on hand

    Maple---.003 under 1/2

    Birch---.025 under 1/2

    Red Oak---.020 under 1/2

    Nothing consistant. May be due to humidity, or different manufacturers
    Thanks Steve. It's a lot closer than I thought.
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    Never "Assume" any thickness. measure the thickness as you set up your cuts. Given one manufacturer over another or season or another the thickness will alter a bit, set the cuts to fit the situation. True thickness is a guess at best. Be prepared for less than expected.
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    Yeah, I know that Bill, thanks. I was just wondering if we were talking a 32nd or 3/32.
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    Lately I have been getting 3/4 ply that is... hang on... just over (yes over) 3/4". Finally I saw a stamp on some that said 19mm. Even 19mm in 0.748, but my shop is pretty humid. When I get plywood that is 23/32 I know it is made in USA, which means that I need to measure both ends... it is likely to be different from one end to the other... or maybe change several times along the 8 feet.

    The outer veneer of imported plywood is darn thin, but I sure like the overall thickness.

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    It is amazing as the guys have previously noted the variance in thickness.
    It is a good question and you have good answers. Make sure you order enough to do the job at the same time as the same wholesale/retailer can sell you different sizes even with the same order let alone different days, but your chances are a wee bit better. Frustrating for a Purist , guess I won't be one . AAAhhhh, I feel better already.
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