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Plywood is available in four common grades.  Grades AA through E represent the quality of each side of the sheet of plywood,  with grade AA being the highest quality with no defects in the visible veneer.  Plywood that does not meet the criteria for these grades, is marketed as shop grade or mill-certified plywood.  Like your favorite Allman Brothers album, it probably has a really good side and a slightly less good side.  Shop grade veneer will yield an 85% plus useable panel.  Panels down graded to shop are due in large part because of “sand throughs” in face veneers or veneers not covering the full length or width of the panel.  De-lamination in not more than 15% of the panel is allowed in shop grade.  It can also include sheets of plywood damaged in shipping.  This type of damage often occurs along the edges of the sheet.


Plywood is reeaaal perty. The inner layer of plywood may be made with utility grade material, but the outer veneers can just as rich and lustrous as a plank of solid cherry. Or hickory, apple, mahogany, walnut, afromosia… if you heard of it, chances are one of our expert solution providers can find it

We can custom cut any size plywood for any size project  – from multi-carload to less than truckload shipments.  Great Northern Lumber sells only shop grade plywood produced and manufactured in the USA and can be purchased and certified under Chain of custody number FSC® C105772.


  • Walls coverings
  • Crating
  • Pallet tops
  • Cable reels
  • Wood showcases
  • Furniture / Dump tables / workbenches
  • Kiln sticks
  • Displays & store fixtures
  • Hurricane shutters for windows & doors

Shop Plywood

Products: For applications where performance is required but certification is not necessary. Shop and downfall panels are offered for machining into smaller components. Composed cross bands for tight core gap tolerances.

Features and Benefits

  • Economical and versatile
  • Most panels offer high yield regardless of grade
  • Ready-to-paint surface
  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Superior machinability
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Professional appearance when painted
  • Exceptional nail holding and glue adhesion


  • Thicknesses: ¼”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”,  ½”, 5/8”, and ¾”
  • Width: 48”
  • Length: 96”