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Home Inspection and Selecting Plywood

by The Handyguys

in Audio Only Podcasts, Home Technology

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we honor Home Inspection Month by talking home inspections and discussing our DIY Home Inspection Checklist, we also talk about selecting plywood.

Home inspection month

April was Home Inspection Month. See

DIY Home Inspection Checklist Download (PDF)

Click to download the .pdf of our DIY Home Inspection Checklist

That reminded us to discuss our DIY Home Inspection Checklist. It’s easy to do and will help you reduce repair costs by identifying potential problems early. You can download the checklist by clicking on the picture to the right.

Also, you may want to listen to a previous show where we discuss most of the items on our checklist.


Lots of project use plywood, from construction to fine furniture. learn how to spot decent plywood and how to avoid junk.

The Handyguys discussPlywood:

  • projects: furniture vs garage shelving
  • what makes one type better than others
  • Types: including Baltic birch
  • Where to locate good plywood (home center, lumberyard, specialties supply houses)
  • How to transport plywood

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Handyguys June 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

Many people have asked who the specialty plywood Handyguy Brian was referring to in the podcast. Here they are

Russel Plywood

Industrial Plywood


Steve June 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I build furniture as a hobby, and use a fair amount of “Baltic Birch”. It’s readily available here in the Phoenix area (at hardwood suppliers, not big-box stores). Great stuff! I use the 1/2 inch for drawer boxes. Since it has so many layers and no voids, it routs well and holds a simple profiled edge well. I sand it to 220 and sometimes put a coat of shellac on it to seal it.
I also use it for building jigs.
As you discussed, it comes in metric sizes, roughly 5’x5′ sheets and various thicknesses.
The hardwood suppliers also carry the better grade hardwood plywoods in veneer core, wafer core, MDF core, etc.


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