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# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 20:32

I can get a deal on some finished 3/4" maple ply. 30$ a sheet. Wondering if that is ridiculous to use as interior walls or how about roof sheathing so it would be visible from the interior? Thoughts?

# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 21:23

Because hardwood plywood like maple and oak are meant to be normally used indoors it is usually NOT made with waterproof glues. Take that into consideration. Also it will not be rated for spans like construction plywood is so would not be accepted for any structural purpose if there was any inspection involved

# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 21:39

Very interesting. So probably not a good move for roof sheathing. Thinking 3/4" might be more of a pain than anything for doing the interior walls. Im sure it would look nice but very heavy. Maybe I will wait for a better solution.

# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 21:54 - Edited by: KinAlberta

I’ve seen interiors finished with clear coated birch or maple plywood and they look really, really nice.

3/4” would be great in my mind for sound deadening, stiffening up the building, hanging shelves, etc. (Not sure about electrical receptacle issues.)

I like the look of the raised panel where there are small separations between the panels.

Read this:

Note the comment about the edges:

Exposed Plywood Wall Finish | Forum | Archinect


# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 22:08

Thanks Kin. More to consider. Maybe I will just grab a few sheets for loft/shelving and not go all in on a stack.

Eddy G
# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 06:07

I’ve used it in our cabin and our home..
Came across a deal for a bunch of 3/4 maple and 1/2 birch plywood at a fraction of retail cost.

I lined the hallway with 1/2” birch and used 1x4 painted clear pine to cover the seems and form a grid pattern.
The 3/4 maple made for a great wainscot capped with molding.
Also used the 3/4 maple to cover the walls going up the stairway...
It’s been up 10+ years at home 5yrs at the cabin and looks great IMHO

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