5 Mistakes Buying Plywood – Don't Waste Your Money!

5 Mistakes Buying Plywood – Don't Waste Your Money!

Don’t make these 5 Mistakes when buying plywood from your lumber supplier!
Become smarter in 5 minutes by signing up for free today: https://cen.yt/mbfixthisbuildthat – Thanks to Morning Brew for sponsoring today’s video

🎥 What to Watch Next:
13 Ways to Organize a Messy Shop – https://youtu.be/kWKqHPhTe6M
Mobile Wood Storage Cart – https://youtu.be/_0H71D7dSDQ

➤Join the Builders Club!!! http://bit.ly/2abkaSV
More content, early access, FREE plans, video credits

➤Plans from this build:
Modular Garage Cabinets bundle (Save 30%) – https://fixthisbuildthat.com/garagecabinets
Mobile Lumber Cart – https://fixthisbuildthat.com/mobilewoodcartplans

➤Tools/Supplies Used (affiliate):
Gorilla Gripper Plywood Handler – https://bit.ly/3cHrGoj
ISOtunes Bluetooth Hearing Protection – http://bit.ly/2Ru4Es8 (10% off code: FTBT)

➤Support the FTBT Channel:
Buy FTBT Woodworking Plans: http://bit.ly/2fL5NGp
Buy FTBT Merch: https://bit.ly/2YgiHnd
Links to My Tools & Gear: http://bit.ly/FTBT-tools
Subscribe: http://bit.ly/FTBT-youtube

➤Thank you to these partners for supporting my channel. Go check them out!
Woodcraft: http://bit.ly/2qP7JIs
Kreg Tool: https://amzn.to/2FXZIGp
ISOtunes: http://bit.ly/2Ru4Es8 (10% off code: FTBT)
TimberlandPRO: https://bit.ly/2Zm1r1n

➤FOLLOW ME on Social Media:
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/fixthisbuildthat
Facebook – http://www.fb.com/ibuildthat
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/fixthisbuildtht
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/fixthisbuildtht

➤Referenced people/videos:

Buying plywood can be confusing. Don’t make these 5 mistakes when you buy plywood. Make sure you think about plywood quality, plywood sizing, plywood strength, and where you buy the plywood from.

Music Licensed through Epidemic Sound – Get a FREE month: https://bit.ly/3qCwWiW


  1. tom beck on August 14, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Woodcraft and Rockler WW stock baltic birch

  2. Fix This Build That on August 14, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks Morning Brew for my daily biz news fix – sign up for free here https://cen.yt/mbfixthisbuildthat

  3. Chris W on August 14, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    lol fiberglass in plywood is a first

  4. Mark Atkinson on August 14, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I’m from Zambia. There’s only one plywood and the only thing it’s used for is a surface to mix concrete as the quality is so trash.

  5. Gardening in Small Spaces on August 14, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    What’s the best kind of plywood for outside Christmas cutouts?

  6. joseph moorer on August 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    So you’re saying for a beginner to start with sande, birch, maple, and oak?

  7. John Vrabec on August 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks your the great tips! I am going go be buying plywood for a project very soon. How I know what to avoid.

  8. Hans Oosterom on August 15, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Gooolleee. I learned something today. Really good info.

  9. wwmilanl on August 15, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Hello great video , in the lumber yards (not home depot or lowes) you can find 5/8 bird plywood (between 1/2 and 3/4) i use that a lot to save weight but have better strength than 1/2 inch, thank great video

  10. henry twigger on August 15, 2022 at 12:02 am

    I’m a time traveling guy form the future. Don’t by plywood now because you’ll get it cheaper in 2022

  11. PAUL ROBSON on August 15, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I found a wholesalers that specialises in wood panels and they are cheaper than the local hardware store. They also have a greater variety of quality and larger than standard sizes. Down side is its delivery only which is not cheap so more economical to make a large order then storing becomes an issue for a home project worker. I’ll probably place an order once I work out what my next 2-3 projects are going to be.

  12. SINGULAR SEEKER on August 15, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Good One building shelves…..

  13. Amber Kay on August 15, 2022 at 12:09 am

    This was incredibly helpful. Even the tip about how to look through plywood. As soon as you said to search through the stack, I instantly thought, ‘oh, great, now I have to ask for help everytime’, but then you showed how to sort and I can totally do that on my own 😄 So if y’all see a lady in the parking lot, cutting up plywood to fit into her car, it’s me, I’m that lady 😄

  14. De JenZZen SShow TestSS Vaccin& 5G zijn BioWapenSS on August 15, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Malamine and MDF ,.
    Are A bad investment ,.

    Just give me wood ,. Multiplex – plywood
    I need to see we’re it made of 🤓

  15. Van on August 15, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Mannn the Baltic Burch is $240 now in Los Angeles

  16. M L on August 15, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Great information! I am just now getting into woodworking and this is excellent info for me to know! Thank you very much for the sage advice!!

  17. Benoit Hudson on August 15, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Huh; there was baltic birch in the project-panel part of Home Depot here in Canada, didn’t know we were special. Of course, supplies kind of dried up with one of the major suppliers being Russia.

  18. Marjorie Noble on August 15, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Love the information that you give out. What type of wood should I use for acrylic painting with resin.

  19. D M on August 15, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Fast forward to a market even more constricted… this just hurts.

  20. Nicholas T on August 15, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Welp, I watched this after I bought my plywood. Went with the 3/4" ground contact pressure treated Pine. Not the best sheet, and it was pretty warped, but they gave me 50% off so I’m going to try and make it work. It’s for a trailer decking, so doesn’t need to be absolutely gorgeous, and it will be painted. We’ll see how it goes!

  21. Dylan Brandt on August 15, 2022 at 12:19 am

    First pronunciation of Manards was correct 👍- Wisconsin boy

  22. user six4760 on August 15, 2022 at 12:20 am

    ‘Hopefully we can get back to a better quality of product in the next 6 mth – 1 yr’
    Don’t count on it, any apparent ‘recovery’ will be minimal & temporary – its all downhill from here – our ‘free & democratic’ socio-economic systems have been taken for granted, we have utterly failed to protect them. The result is that they have been slowly subverted & will soon be replaced with something much less appealing.

  23. MrSloika on August 15, 2022 at 12:23 am

    The panel saw at my local DIY store hasn’t worked since 1997.

  24. tjeerd van dijk on August 15, 2022 at 12:25 am

    I’ve seen those fibers in there too. I’m from the EU, but we don’t have that much plywood suppliers, almost all of it comes from the same source

  25. Thomas A. Amoroso, MD, MPH, FACEP on August 15, 2022 at 12:25 am

    You forgot the other problem with MDF: It weighs a metric ton. Feh.

  26. Chris Henderson on August 15, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Never heard of the letter/number system before today. Granted I was not building cabinets before this year either. So thank you for all of this!!

  27. dashcammer on August 15, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Menard’s is the only one of the Big 3 that lets you drill down/filter for to "Made in the USA" during searches for lumber and any other items. Some categories have no domestically-produced items at all, unfortunately.

    However, they’re also the only one of the Big 3 that doesn’t have a 10% military/veteran discount.

  28. Anthony Audain on August 15, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Great idea 💡 👍

  29. John D on August 15, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Looking to make cornhole boards. Which do you suggest? Design will vary from paint to stain to vinyl.

  30. David COOPER on August 15, 2022 at 12:30 am

    This was very helpful. I’ve been asking these questions and everyone I’ve spoken to acts like it’s a secret not to be shared. lol. I’m just starting to get into woodworking and wanted to know exactly where and what I should use for building furniture. This helped a lot.

  31. Dave Gish on August 15, 2022 at 12:30 am

    In addition to 3/4 and 1/2, I also use a lot of 3/8 Birch plywood. Great for drawer bottoms, cabinet backs, etc. Much better than 1/4. 3/8 Birch ply is closer to 1/2 structurally – they both have 3 internal layers + 2 veneers. 1/4 ply only has a single internal layer, so it bends easily. I found 3/8 Birch ply at Dykes Lumber, a small chain in and around New York City, but it’s probably also available at plywood specialty stores.

  32. PapaAcorn on August 15, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I miss Menard’s so much. The plywood was a lot better than other home improvement stores and they carried more varieties of hardwood veneered ply. But the really cool thing was to say instead of just carrying construction grade lumber plus some nicer pine and red oak, they had maple, walnut, hickory, mahogany, and ash. Expensive, but great when it’s only a few miles from home and you just need a board or two. Especially with current gas prices.

  33. Heidi & Qtip on August 15, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Would absolutely LOVE some chapter markers in your vids… I’m a woodworking noob & I know I’ll be referencing this many times as I go through the beginning stages of my project. It’d be nice to find the info quickly rather than bouncing all around all over the place & becoming unnecessarily frustrated. Great content, I’ve already liked & subbed!

  34. Hazel Gonzales on August 15, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Thanks for making this video so easy and informative you’re awesome!!

  35. Tony Davis on August 15, 2022 at 12:35 am

    They just recently put a Menard’s in by me. I have to say, there selection and prices on pretty much all wood products is pretty damn good. At least for me, in my area, Menards is the same price or even cheaper and better quality than both Home Depot and Lowes. The Lowes by me is hands down the worst quality.

  36. Zoe on August 15, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Such great info for beginner DIYer. I feel so much better informed and hopefully my projects will now be so much nicer. Really appreciate your videos! Thanks so much!

  37. titus chalk on August 15, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I am a total beginner about to do up a house in Tennessee, too, so this was super helpful, thanks so much!

  38. Kelly B on August 15, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for this video. I’m definitely going to try and find a local wood supplier rather than using the box store material if possible. Just a note that, at least in my area, Lowe’s is awful for lumber. Not much selection and even worse quality. Home Depot is a bit better for selection but quality is still hit or miss.

  39. Jackson T on August 15, 2022 at 12:42 am

    "The spawn of satan does have some good qualities". Good to know since my wife keeps telling me…."you’re gonna go to hell for that!"

  40. Adam Peace on August 15, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Your from Nashville AND you look like Brad paisley… 🧐

  41. Jaelyn Rae on August 15, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Haha! I NEVER thought about bringing a circular saw to cut down sheets in the parking lot in case their saw is broken (which it is more than 50% of the time!).

    This is a huge DUH moment for me, thanks for sharing! 😁

  42. Frederick Financial Group on August 15, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Great video. I don’t have a truck so I used to buy project panels primarily because that’s all that fits in the car. I felt embarrassed when you explained how project panels are so overpriced. I needed one 2×4 1/2 and one 2×4 1/4 ply. After going to HD and doing the math, I realized it was “cheaper” to buy full sheets instead of the project panels even after including the price of renting their truck.

  43. Dave Hernandez on August 15, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Thank you brah. Good info

  44. Mark Bonett on August 15, 2022 at 12:44 am

    thank you

  45. Bob Schallalcs on August 15, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I usually leave the crappy sheet most of them should have been pitched out

  46. Jaime Baca on August 15, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I used mdf for the first time and I agree. Spawn of satan. Sooo much dust!

  47. Bobby Togores on August 15, 2022 at 12:51 am

    how is 3/4" 50% more than 1/2"? honest mistake? I know you are very knowledgeable and I appreciate your info, Thank you

  48. Will D on August 15, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I’ve never seen a sheet of Baltic birch. So it doesn’t exist.

  49. Hardrock on August 15, 2022 at 12:52 am

    For over two years now the only choice we have had for project wood, if you want to make cabinets, etc. Has been the Sanded Pine Plywood. Cost on that is now over a hundred dollars for a sheet of 4 ft. X 8 ft. and it is in short supply. They get a delivery in, even at that price it disappears pretty quick. I think it comes from Argentina or somewhere like that. I’m in Ontario Canada and we have a wood industry, at least we used to. Now we are fighting over poor quality table scraps to build boxes. I always used Baltic Birch, Oak and White Maple. They are now rarer than a T-Rex. The aisle in our Home Depot that typically you would find the different species of wood plywood displayed is empty. And that Sanded Pine is always on the floor. They dump the 3/4 inch next to the 1/2 inch because it’s not going to be around long enough that they bother placing it on a shelf. And if you plan on buying any construction Spruce to do your basement or general construction projects. Not only has the price gone up but the quality Sucks. It’s bowed, it has scale on it and has big cracks, etc. A year and a half ago an 8 ft. two by four was up to sixteen dollars a piece. Now generally it’s down to abot five bucks. And 14/2 electrical cable for home use. I used to buy a roll of 75 meters at fifty to sixty dollars and a hundred and fifty meters was around a hundred and twenty dollars. I was just in the store the other day and a hundred and fifty meters was over three hundred dollars. Truly shocking.

  50. PBS #007 on August 15, 2022 at 12:53 am

    great info, thanks