Best plywood to use for stand construction?
Hey fellow TPT do-it-yourselfers,
I'm planning on constructing an ADA style stand for a 60-P and was wondering what would be the best type of plywood to use. I see from some other members projects that all different types of plywood was used. But which one is the best? I would think that marine plywood would be the best for this type of project due to its water resistance. Should I pay almost 3x the price for the marine ply? Is the Formica alone enough protection for the wood against water damage? Can I get away with using a different type of ply (prefinished, obx, mdf, veneered ply, etc.) and seal it prior to laminating it with Formica? Also, what thickness would suffice to hold the 60-P? My first thought would be to go right for the 3/4" for its rigidity but I'm open to suggestions.
Anyone who has had any bad experiences with a particular type of plywood (warping, buckling, expansion, rot,etc.) please let me know. And the same goes for those of you with good reviews. Please post what type of wood you used, any specific sealers/lacquer you might have used, Formica that you found matched ADA's pretty closely, any tips, hints, or problems you might have encountered during your project, or anything you would've done differently if you could go back in time and correct, etc.
Money is tight so any mistakes or poor engineering decisions that you may have made and I can learn from/avoid would be extremely helpful.
Ill conclude by telling you that I was and always will be a carpenter at heart and currently I am an iron worker by trade. I possess enough knowledge in design and construction to easily complete the underlying "cabinet" with professional quality however I have never had to construct something to be water resistant/ waterproof. I also have never worked with Formica. Never did a job that required it. Anyone in the building trades, or the weekend do-it-yourself-er can tell you that you will never learn everything there is to know about a particular trade but you must be willing to learn and absorb something new everyday. That being said, this ADA stand will be my self-lesson in wet area, waterproof cabinetry with a small lesson in laminating and routing Formica. Always learning.
Sorry for the lengthy post for what seemed to be a simple question. In my head I just constructed the whole project and these are the questions I was left with.
Thank you in advance,