Baltic birch is not a specific species of birch but is a general designation of plywood from the Baltic region of Europe. As with any natural wood product, quality can vary. However, it is generally regarded as being of higher quality than standard birch plywood. Baltic birch plywood is made entirely from birch plies, with no softwood or filler plies in the center. Furthermore, the plies themselves tend to be much thinner, allowing for more plies for a given thickness, and greater stiffness and stability.
|Wood Type||Baltic Birch|
|Grading||BB/BB or B/BB (depending on availability)
B: Generally uniform light color, with no plugs, or open cracks/splits. A limited amount of pin knots, and minor color inconsistencies are allowed.
BB: Generally uniform color, though color variations/stains are allowed. Limited number of plugs, cracks/splits, and unlimited amount of pin knots allowed.