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35thStangGT
03-29-2013, 03:08 AM
I cant find baltic birch near me. So is lowes 6 ply birch good? Or what :)

nu2spl
03-29-2013, 03:09 AM
I cant find baltic birch near me. So is lowes 6 ply birch good? Or what :)

NO,NO,NO its not good

Chriszle
03-29-2013, 03:12 AM
Better off with MDF.

fasfocus00
03-29-2013, 03:36 AM
i'm an MDF guy as it's tried and true

gumby688
03-29-2013, 03:37 AM
Why can't you use it in a smallish box? or do the cavities really cause havoc and there are like 3 kinds of the birch at lowes the baltic the cheap a$$ kill you with splinters type and a mid -price one I wonder which he is talking about

Iosias
03-29-2013, 03:47 AM
I cant find baltic birch near me. So is lowes 6 ply birch good? Or what :)

It will be fine, but look for something with 11 plys or so. I pretty much refuse to use MDF because of the dust and its health issues.

mlstrass
03-29-2013, 05:01 AM
7ply will work just fine, try to get the most void free piece you can find and add some bracing if the panels are very long

UnderFire
03-29-2013, 05:10 AM
Brace it good and it will hold up to low power, currently using a box built out of it in my house setup.

35thStangGT
03-29-2013, 12:05 PM
I have a high powered setup and its top choice wood.

35thStangGT
03-30-2013, 12:40 AM
Bump

cx-7heaven
03-30-2013, 12:54 AM
I prefer to use birch as it's stronger and lighter than mdf, but the low ply high void stuff can be sucky if you are building a sealed box. I would recommend to seal all the edges of the wood-including your driver cutout with glue or fiberglass or something

35thStangGT
03-30-2013, 10:47 AM
Ok. Its gonna be ported I think im gonns use buck box on this one.