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What are the main differences, both strengths and weaknesses, between 5 ply and 11 ply plywood? I've always thought that the more plys, the better due to the less likelihood of voids in each veneer but then again, the price of the 5 ply plywood is more expensive. Also, is there a "top" and "bottom" to cabinet grade plywood, especially Birch? With Birch, there is a lighter side with more knots vs. a slightly darker, more figured grain on the other. Some education on plywood would be greatly appreciated...
On a similiar note, I found what appears to be a blend of maple and oak hardwood (11 ply) cabinet-grade plywood at my local HD for $24/sheet. Has anyone seen this or have an idea as to which hardwood it is? I'm in the Houston area so I'm not sure what other regions/areas carry this same product. It's quite cheap but appeared to be a good-quality plywood for jigs, shop cabinets, and possibly case work for bookcases or chest or drawers.
Thanks in advance,