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Old 04-04-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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I'm remodeling my kitchen but don't have enough cabinets. I'm building cabinets but wondering if I can use pine instead of a hardwood for the face plates. The finish is no problem since the cabinets will be painted.

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face plates???

do you mean the doors and drawer fronts?

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I'm remodeling my kitchen but don't have enough cabinets. I'm building cabinets but wondering if I can use pine instead of a hardwood for the face plates. The finish is no problem since the cabinets will be painted.
I say yes, maybe a cabinet guy will blow through and offer some pro & con info.
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Yes, I mean doors and cabinet fronts. Can or should I make them using pine instead of hardwood
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Pine would not be a first choice--to soft and a lot of movement with humidity changes.

Poplar is inexpensive and is easy to work--takes paint well--stable too.

See if you have a hardwood store close by--better selection and price usually.

I buy from small saw mills-if you are in an area with wood cutters--that is a good option ,--Mike---
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Thanks for your input, Mike
There is a Habitat ReStore in the area. They sell several varieties of reclaimed wood from demolition projects.
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You must mean the face frames. Even cheap cabinets have them made from hardwood. Low grade hardwood, but still hardwood. You could also try MDF which pretty common. I woudl still stick with poplar if you are going to paint it. You can usually get S4S poplar at most lumber yards or big box stores. It would niot be much more than S4S pine and would be a better choice.
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Thanks, Beerdog
I will take your suggestion and go with poplar. I don't have much experience with cabinet making so I'm experimenting with my tools and using whatever materials I have on hand --- mostly pine. If I can demonstrate any competence I'll proceed to the better materials.
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Practicing with pine or even plywood is not a bad idea.

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