About Formations

Our head office is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and we have 5 additional distribution centers in Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Collectively, we have nearly 200,000 square feet of warehouse space, allowing us to deliver industrial building supplies on tight timelines. For the more specialized orders, we are able to source nearly any wood product available from our unique supplier network to insure your project is a success.

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Baltic Birch Plywood

Baltic Birch (or Russian Birch) plywood is uniquely manufactured plywood consisting of multiple ply layers of Birch veneer per sheet. Each layer of birch veneer is peeled at 1.3mm or 1.5mm thickness giving the panel a multi-ply edge that is aesthetically attractive and offers unparalleled strength and stability. This plywood type offers a virtually void-free construction offering you great machinability and tremendous screw holding strength when compared to other ply substrates. Baltic Birch plywood from Russia was historically available only in 5ft x5ft panel formats; today Russia has expanded production to include other formats, such as 4ft x 8ft for our North American market.

Baltic Birch is available from Formations in a wide range of standard thicknesses: 3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25mm (please check our availability at your closest location)

Face grades of Baltic Birch plywood:

B/BB: Single piece face and back veneer. Face veneer is considered clear and free of defects with a light-uniform color. Back face allows color matched patches, which are oval or irregular in shape.

BB/BB: Single piece face and back. Both face and back veneers allow small color-matched patches on average and some light mineral streaks. Tight pin knots may be present.

BB/CP: Single piece face and back. The “CP” back veneers are downgraded from “BB” grade veneers, which allow for unlimited patches and sound knots, but does not allow for open defects.

CP/CP: Single piece face and back. Face and back grade veneers allow unlimited sound knots and repaired splits and unlimited patches. The panel is sound both sides and designed for laminating.

C/C: Patches, open knots, and small veneer splits allowed. Veneer lap and small core voids permitted. This panel is not sanded and would only be used for structural purposes.

Baltic Birch Plywood Suppliers

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