Russian Birch

Russian Birch, also referred to as Baltic Birch, is generally regarded as being of a higher quality than standard birch plywood. Russian Birch is also known for its combination of strength and visual appeal.

Due to its unique construction, core layers of birch veneers form a void-free core. This construction contributes to a plywood product that holds screws exceptionally well, creates cleaner joinery, offers improved strength and stability and provides an attractive appearance when shaped and finished.

We offer Russian Birch in both appearance and industrial grades, with a full range of options for each.

The grading is established by the Russian intergovernmental standard GOST 3916.1-96. Grading is given as the two outer faces of the plywood, in the format of front/back. For instance, Russian birch with a “B/BB” grade would have a B grade front ply, and a BB grade back ply.

  • BB/BB: Whole piece face and back veneer. Face veneers are graded clear and free of defects with a light-white uniform color. Inner cores are solid birch single piece veneers.
  • BB/BB: Whole piece face and back. Tight pin knots may be present and inner cores are solid single piece veneers.
  • BB/CP: Whole piece face and back. The “CP” back veneers are downgraded from “BB” grade veneers. Inner cores are solid birch single piece veneers.
  • CP/CP: Whole piece face and back. The panel is sound both sides and designed for laminating.
  • C/C: Grade calls for patches, open knots and small veneer splits. This panel is not sanded and is primarily used in structural applications.Shop Grades: Shop panels are also offered in the full 5×5 format in all grades listed above.

3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm


5’x5’  / 60” x 60” – Interior CARB2 Glue
4’x8’ /  48” x 96” – Phenolic Type 1 Glue
Also – 7’x5’, 8’x5’, 10’x5’
** Interior or Exterior glue is available in any format as special order