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I need to start making furring strips and would like to use some sort of 1" plywood. I remember some people saying they had found 1" thick wood of some sort at lowes/home depot... I looked all last night without luck... anyone have any guidance?

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It doesn't have to be 1 inch thick, if it's 1 1/2 inch thick cut 1 inch strips and you put the flat side down. The cheapest wood to grab is 2x4 studs and rip into 3 pieces each 1 by 1 1/2 inches.

You can save the remainder for use as various shims.
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Does it have to be plywood? You can usually find 1" thick pine at the Depot. It's usually labeled as 5/4. It also comes in pressure-treated where it is used for decks.

1" Plywood is much, much harder to find in my experience and usually has to be special ordered and will cost big bucks.
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5/4 ("Five quarters") board is 1" thick, but like that which is said above - ripping something down to 1" is cheaper.
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When I needed good tight "paint-able" furring strips I grabbed the 1 1/4 inch thick finger joined pine exterior trim boards that are pre-primed. My HD have them standing on end (16ft boards) next to the PVC lumber.

The stuff is straight, stays straight and paints well.

However, I did a calculation a while back and it runs about 3x what construction studs cost.
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I myself used 1/2 ply and ripped it down to 2" strips then glued & stapled 2 pieces together. there nice and straight it was a bit more work but I didn't have to worry about them warping.

I think if you go the route of ripping down 2x4s then you had better do it the day of install as the wood from the big box stores tends to warp after a day or so. I can only imagine ripping a bunch of 1" strips then trying to use them a few days later only to find they are useless curved pieces of *#$^%

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I can only imagine ripping a bunch of 1" strips then trying to use them a few days later only to find they are useless curved pieces of *#$^%

When screwed into the drywall which is straight, they can be straighted back out but overall yeah it sucks that the ripped 1" strips bow out

I ripped 20 2x4s so I could have lots of furring strips....

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Thanks guys... I really need my furring strips to be 4-6 inches wide and 1" thick. I could rip 2x4s and just put them next to eachother, but was hoping for an "easier" way. The two pieces of 1/2" plywood is another option, I guess I was just hoping there was something readily available.

Bigmouth how wide were the pine boards?

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I also ripped down 2x lumber. I needed 3" thick strips in places and used two rows of ripped strips for that. The two layers of plywood would probably be easier in that case.

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I've been using 2x3's as furring strips for my ceiling. I needed a 1.5-3" drop in various parts of the ceiling so as to be able to span some lengths of pipe with the drywall. Seems to be working well so far. I've had to return about 20-30 (out of 140) of the ones Lowes delivered (warped), though.
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