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    Default Pine plywood?

    Will pine plywood work? My wood shop doesn't have birch ply


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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    No. I would advise against using a softwood, instead of a hardwood plywood.

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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZampraZ
    Will pine plywood work? My wood shop doesn't have birch ply
    Like chicagolongboards said pine is a soft wood and even in plys it would not work very well or long as a skateboard. If you are doing it in a wood shop they should have 3/4" planks of hardwood. Almost any species of hardwood will work for a basic board, it will be hard to put a kick or concave to it though.
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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    Of so any hardwood works but not softwood? How do I know if its soft or hard wood? Im just putting camber on this baby so ill try to find some birch, but if I can't find baltic, will just birch do?

    edit: Aww crap, I think im gonna have to kill my board building hobbies, I cannot find birch plywood anywhere near me
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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    Is there any other wood then plywood to use?

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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    a great resource for ya is http://users.pandora.be/Toothless/Toothless/index.html it covers everything you need to know there in great detail, thats how i got started, and you'll also see tons of threads in here about different types of wood to use... Most birtch is not all birch, just the outer two layers are, so they are just as breakable as soft wood. I'd suggest just finding a good wood shop and guys that know the difference between hardwood and soft wood and asking them what they have.
    also, baltic birtch is sometimes call Russian birtch, most major home improvement stores can order it for ya
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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    Yeah I have been to toothless, there really arent many wood stores in my area and the biggest one only had pine plywood. They said they could take home for me but there would be heavy shipping costs, anway there is one last shop that I havent checked out and I hope they have something

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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    I don't have much building experience but there is no reason pine would not work. It is softer so it won't hold up to as much use or abuse but it is more flexible than the hardwoods. If built properly keeping the grain running along the length there is no reason it wouldn't make a nice board. If you do build it with pine make sure to avoid using any pieces that have knots as they will create a big weakspot.

    Is there something I am missing about pine that disqualifies it as a board building wood? Certainly not the best choice but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    i guess it could work if it was an inch and a half thick, but i used 3/4 birch that was fir in the middle and it broke the first day i rode it, ita just too weak
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    its fixed now, ill make the deck in school

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    Default Re: Pine plywood?

    So i can assume you'll have access to the schools tools also. Sounds like a great school project to me. Keep us posted on your progress, and don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.


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