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Does Paper-faced Plywood Exist?

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Pretty sure I've used this stuff years ago.Don't have a clue where it came from.Looking to find it again to build painted display boxes for a customer.What I remember it was very nice for cabinet-making pieces.Very stable and flat.no voids/faults.and paper designed to take a high quality painted finish.Nobody in my area has any idea what I'm talking about! Did I dream this up?Any help appreciated!In the Pittsburgh,PA area.Thanks.

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Kraft paper faced ply sounds exactly like what I'm thinking. Any further info on this would help.No luck on the web so far.My second choice is Baltic Birch Ply.Will work good ,but may be more pricy.
Thanks,
Jeff

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Thanks for the replies.MDO isn't what I was looking for.I have settled on 3/4in. Baltic Birch Ply.I'll be building small(6in. wide,6in. deep ,3or4in. tall)display cubes for a customer to set antique chinese tea pots on top of.They will be 5 sided with the backs open and mounted to wall.They are to be high gloss white paint finish and may be marbleized to match entry way at a later date.I think the Birch will be lighter and cut better.I plan all joints mitered for cabinet grade finish.Since they are so small I think this will look much better.I now plan to Stain one and poly or tung finish to give customer another option that will match her Green Marble entry.

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It come's in single or both sides faced.

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There is a material called DURAPLY used in boatbuilding. 3/4" marine ply with a rosin paper face on both sides.
It paints up real fine, but being a marine ply it is sure to be awful expensive

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Pretty sure I've used this stuff years ago.Don't have a clue where it came from.Looking to find it again to build painted display boxes for a customer.What I remember it was very nice for cabinet-making pieces.Very stable and flat.no voids/faults.and paper designed to take a high quality painted finish.Nobody in my area has any idea what I'm talking about! Did I dream this up?Any help appreciated!In the Pittsburgh,PA area.Thanks.

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I think you are talking about MDO (Medium Density Overlay) which I believe is a cousin of MDF. Do a search on the web for MDO and plywood.

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Jeff,


What your looking for is called Medium Density Overlay.

Joseph Fusco



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Jeff

I too have used this product for some highway signs I fabricated for a customer. .. don't recall the name, something like
i wonderboard,
but it was a good quality 3/4" ply with kraft paper perfectly glued to both sides, the sign I did still looks perfect 6 years later, out in the wind and the snow, sun and rain etc, pretty impressive considering the edges, although painted, are exposed to the elements.

Don't recall it being called MDO, but I don't usually like to argue with Joe, he bite's.;}

-pm

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Someone here said there is HDO ("heavy") esp. for highway signs.

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Try searching under Crezone or Krezone; that's a trade name for one brand. Your local distributor for cabinet shop sheet goods can't help? I'm pretty sure mine still stocks it.

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It's called Creezon, don't know how to spell it. It is a sign product and they still make it. Call a sign supply or old time lumberyard.

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Jeff,

MDO (Medium Density Overlay) is what you want. Sign painters used this stuff all the time. Call Weirton Lumber @ (304) 748-6000. They used to carry this product; though by special order only.

You could also try Carter lumber in Burgettstown @ 742-947-2221. I'm surprised that Home Depot in Robinson (Airport area) can't get this for you. They carry MDF, so they should be able to get MDO too.

Like I said, most lumber yards can order this, but few if any stock this on a regular basis. It is expensive, used to run around $40 for 3/4 ply., but that was several years ago; I have'nt used it since, simply because I didn't need to; not because it was not a good product....it was a good product.

Good luck in your search,

Davo

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Norm uses the stuff all the time. Next time I see him I will ask who his supplier is.

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Lonecat and I already mentioned it; it's called Crezon, and it is marketed as a sign board (I just looked it up, and that is the correct spelling. A web search threw up dozens of listings). My supplier lists Hi-core and Versacel in the same category, but I don't know them.