Russian Birch, or Baltic Birch, is a moderately priced plywood that has incredible value and a tremendous range of applications.
Composed of voidless, 1/16″ solid Birch veneers as the core, and mid-grade Birch veneers on the face and back, Russian Birch boasts a list of physical properties that makes it one of the most versatile hardwood plywood products on the market.
Being that Russian Birch is void-less, it can be worked just like solid wood. Woodworkers have even laminated sheets together and turned bowls, showing off the many layers of void-less birch veneers found in Russian Birch.
The appearance of the multi-ply core has grown in popularity with many projects showcasing the interesting and clean appearance of the attractive core.
Russian Birch is remarkably flat and stable for a plywood panel, making it an excellent material for substrates. It is also very strong, and its moderate cost make it a perfect panel for building very sturdy shop cabinets and for use in jigs and tools.
With such a wide range of applications, many different sizes may be required. Moore Newton stocks Russian Birch in 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 13/16″, and 1″ thicknesses. Many of these thicknesses are available in 5’x5′ sheets as well as 4’x8′ sheets. For over-sized projects, 3/4″ Russian Birch is available in 10’x4′ as well as 10’x5′ sheets.
Not just for drawer sides anymore, Russian Birch is a versatile product that can be utilized in any project requiring a strong, flat, stable, void-less panel.
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