One of my suppliers kicked around this idea enough that they had a batch run. It was almost identical in color and only a professional would be able to tell the difference. The veneer is so thin that its softness/hardness makes no difference at all. In the end this supplier went a different route for pricing reasons but it was a good product.
All the sheet goods I buy are made in Oregon. All of them come pre-finished.
If you are having a difficult time finding pre-finished material where you live it is because your peers have voted with their pocket book and signaled to the distributors they would rather have less expensive material than domestic material.
If we can get sheet goods pre-finished you can too.
Cabmaker my reason for buying Chinese plywood specifically Dragonply was simple I had a defect rate of zero with this product. With every single domestic manufacturer I had average claims of $15-$20k per year based on $1.5mil in purchases. To be blunt the Chinese got my money because the domestic suppliers produced garbage in comparison. Bully for you that Roseburg, States, Columbia, or Timber Products works, my customers are now getting an inferior domestic product.
Long story short, everyone sling radiata right now, due to tariff. It will be replaced so don't worry, just caught up in the supply chain chaos. I'd love to switch domestic, prices are not there in any way shape or form, including value. When domestic suppliers offer a better VALUE then we will switch.
We have found that certain imports were better and some much worse than domestic. We were able to in the last few years specify the mill it came from, usually each mill was branded a certain way with a supplier, and it worked well.
Oh if it was only that simple. First, you are ignoring what has been repeated here by the majority of the posters. We were getting a better quality product on the import.
Secondly, we are not all operating in the middle of one of the hottest housing markets our country has ever seen like you. We are faced with competition, real competition- our customers to quote/summarize you "if they can pay 100k for cabinets can pay double that." You don't live in reality.
Would I rather keep Oregonians working? Most certainly. But only if they can make a product that is of better quality that I could buy for 40% of the cost of their inferior product. Better yet, stop the inferior product from entering the country completely and make the domestic manufacturers actually compete instead of their one selling point being "made in the USA."
I certainly want the world one way until I get it I have to make the hard choices when faced with reality. I'll pay double for clothes made in the US, but I expect them to be US quality not the same or worse with a flag on the tag.
What should be owned is that every domestic plywood I have found when measuring from corner to corner is 1/6-1/4" (yes 1/4") out of square. When cutting euro boxes on a traditional tablesaw that is a dealbreaker. The import also has less knots and has a more solid,less void core.
Why in the heck should you be concerned with your product coming in "out of square"? Its your job (what your being paid for) to make it "square".
We bring in laid up panels from our distributor all the time. 1/2" BB with laminate front and backer, they are not even close to square. They are not even trimmed. There is laminate hanging over the edges? Backer hanging over the edges? Who gives a crap if its square?
OUR job is to make it square? This isnt roof framing or wall sheathing?
I agree with you MarkB. Squareness should not be a consideration. I learned to build cabinets in a two table saw shop, it's not that hard. You cut off the factory edge, right? If you rip your panels first then cross cut with a crosscut jig....
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