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Old 12-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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Framing, what studs to use?


What type and grade do I use for framing a partition wall...non load bearing?

Also, I will be making a basic open cabinet from 3/4" plywood to store my tools...what type of ply?

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:43 AM   #2
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For framing, #2 SPF (spruce,pine,fir) is the most common, at least around here. Box stores sometimes sell a better grade of #2 that is supposed to be more straight than thier utility grade stuff. (As if any of it were really straight.)

The plywood depends on your preference. 3/4" lauan makes a sturdy cabinet at moderate to low cost and is usually more stable than softwood varieties.

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Old 12-17-2008, 07:43 AM   #3
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"Stud" or "standard and better" grade 2x4's will perform just fine. It is not all that common to use #2 or better lumber in stud walls. Grade is in no way a factor of straightness...Grade is based on grain structure and presence/size of knots.

I would recommend birch plywood for the cabinets. 23/32" birch costs about $40 at box stores. It is stable, takes paint, and has more plies that most other plywoods. If you're staining it, you'll need to look at a hardwood plywood such as oak.
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I would not touch anything less than 5 ply (layers) for structual that is enough.
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Sometimes you can get utility grade 2x4 that is straight and true enough for non bearing walls. You may have to cut some of them up for blocking. Building walls with bowed 2x4's is no good. Depends on your patience and the relative cost of good studs.
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Building walls with bowed 2x4's is no good.
So, what is better?

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Straight ones, minimal twist, no warp or bow.

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