doorskin plywood

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Steve W, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Steve W
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    Does anyone have a good scource of luan doorskin plywood in the US?

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    Door skin plywood has changed in recent years. It use to be plywood, but now is a wood faced paper product. I still use it for template making and the big box stores carry it, usually in 3x7 sheets.
     
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    Thanks guys, i hadnt checked world panel, ill see if i can get some samples. I havnt bought any in more than a decade, the last batch i ordered 30 sheets from chicago plywood and door and it was nice stuff at less than $4 a sheet but they dont show it now.

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    Menards has 1/8 lauan for $11.49
     
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    Ive only ever seen 1/4" at any of the Menards here, they sell it as underlayment and it is what i use for templates, its closer to 3/16", it used to be quite good and ive built dinghies with it that are 25yrs old, now its crap and half of it is delaming on the shelf, anyway what im after is 1/8" or less, exterior glue and cheap.That 1/8" at world panel for $12 looks promising, it remains to be seen if it will pass the boil test.

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    The one eight 3 ply template stock I use is about 12 dollars a sheet. Some of it is nice ply , some have large visible defects in the face ply. The plies are similar thickness. I regularly use it for teak deck protection at the shipyard. It lasts a long time in the rain...ive never seem it delam. If its well sealed I would use it for construction.

    Would be nice if you could hand pick the sheets.

    Probably a good idea to over order , then use the bad looking sheets for template stock.
     
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    Steve, the big box stores don't usually carry door skin stock in the plywood or lumber section, but rather in the door and window section.
     
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    Again..what is doorskin ? Good quality waterproof glue three ply ?
     
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    Door skin material is just as the name suggests, it's the stuff used to skin a hollow core door. It's 1/8" plywood, usually with a choice of hardwood faces, well it use to be and is available at the big box stores. In recent years it seems to have been replaced with a cheaper product, which is a paper thin hardwood face with a resin soaked paper type of backer. It's still 1/8" (or so), but nothing like the old door skin stock. I use it still for making templates of planking and other stuff, as it's cheap and easy to cut. I recently have used some polyester and 'glass sheets, which are equally as cheap, waterproof(ish) and available in different thicknesses, yet still a 4x8 sheet, with or without gel coat. 1, 1.5, 2 2.5, and 3 mm thicknesses are common. It's also available in 150 m rolls. They also sell a 4x8 sheet of 1/8" (maybe 3/32") 'glass panels, with a pebbly texture on one side, smooth on the other.
     
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    At Menards you need to order it, but shipping is free. Some door skin plywood is boil tested for outdoor exposure. Since the OP is in Duluth, he can get if from the local store.
     

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    Ah, ok Gonzo, I will check about ordering it. The doorskin I used to buy was very nice and very cheap and as long as I ordered it along with some Bs1088 the shipping was ok. I do want real plywood.

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