Why Baltic Birch vs Domestic Birch?

Baltic Birch’s core is unlike domestic plywood. The layers of inner plies are solid birch veneer, cross-banded, and laminated with strong adhesive.

It is one of the few types of wood that can come in large enough sheets and yet be consistently dense through its thickness to be cut with a laser. Anything from parts for architectural moldings to artwork to engraved knick-knacks.

Our shop is 100% temperature controlled this keeps the material in an optimum condition, however there is a downside to the thickness of 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick Baltic birch, as it does not always stay perfectly flat. It does cup or warp. It is not because it is bad plywood but just an effect of the size. It is thin and wide. Not a good combo for getting wood to lay flat.  We wrap our Baltic Birch in plastic after we cut it to keep it flat. So, what do you do if it is not flat when you get it? Use weights or strong magnets to keep it flat to use in your laser cutter.

The Baltic Birch we offer is B/BB grade with interior glue adhesive. What is important about interior glue? The interior glue adhesive is easier to cut through with your laser, and results in less char around the cut edges.

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What sets H & H Creations Tampa apart from other laser material suppliers?

Simply - Our attention to

Our vision is simple, we will not send you any material that we would not use
in our own laser cutter. In our process we look for the patches to ensure 1
side is patch free, double check the ends for voids, sand all edges to minimize
wood burs, blow off each piece to reduce the saw dust, and wrap all our
shipments in plastic to keep it flat and protect the wood and to keep the
moisture out.

When you receive your order. You can confidently know that we inspected each
piece is clean with very little wood burs or saw dust.

MDF vs Plywood

In general, MDF is cheaper than plywood.- While the price depends on the thickness and grade of the material, in general, MDF costs less than plywood.

MDF weighs more than plywood. -As it is quite a bit denser than plywood, MDF weighs considerably more

When it comes to strength, plywood is the winner. -MDF is a softer material than plywood and tends to sag or split under pressure.
MDF creates more dust when cut. -Due to its construction, MDF creates far more sawdust when cut than plywood does, so you will need to be extra cautious about working in a well-ventilated area and wearing a respirator or other protective mask and goggles.

MDF is easy to cut, even along the edges. -Because of its lack of grain and its softness, MDF is easy to cut and won’t splinter or crack along the edges, even if you carve in curves, sharp angles, or ridges.
MDF takes well to paint, while plywood is great for stains. -This is one of the primary questions when weighing MDF vs. plywood: Do you plan on painting the finished project or staining it? MDF, with its smooth surface and lack of grain, takes paint like a champ - although for the best finish, start with a coat of primer. While you can paint plywood, higher-grade plywood looks great with a stain, due to its solid-wood-like grain and finish.

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  • Edges - Nice & Clean

    Premium Baltic Birch Plywood - Right before they go through the sanding process.

  • Premium Baltic Birch Plywood - Right before they go through the sanding process.

    Premium Baltic Birch Plywood - after the sanding process free of burs and saw dust have been blown off.

  • Shrink Wrapped in Plastic

    All of our shipped materials are shrink wrapped in plastic with a label on the outside edge for your quick identification in storage.

  • Premium White Reversible MDF/HDF

    Premium Reversible MDF/HDF with clean edges. Prior to wrapping.