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Old 04-03-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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What kind of wood for built-ins?


I am making plans to fabricate a couple of built-in structures - a simple, open book case for one side of the fireplace, and a bench seat for the other side, and then a mantle to go across the whole thing. They will be stained. The floor in the room is oak and the trim is fir. What type of wood do the carpenters here recommend for my built-ins? Thanks.

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Without a sketch it depends on what you want it to look like. There are pine, oak, birch, and maple veneer plywood. Prices vary but the quality is good for "furniture". There is also a product called lumbercore that is supposed to be better, but may be hard to find.

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I made a built in bookcase for my kitchen from solid cherry, which is my favorite wood to work with. Solid wood is easier to finish than plywood, and can be effectively stained. Hardwood veneer plywood is very good for cabinets, I used maple veneered plywood for all my kitchen cabinets, but for furniture I like solid wood.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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If you want it to match the floor, you could use oak veneer plywood, but you'll have to either make face frames or use banding to cover the edges. I built a wall full of bookcases with 1x softwood (fir?) and stained it to match a teak desk I had. No face frames, just 3/4" edges. Came out great, but might not be "living room" quality. If you haven't built furniture before, I'd recommend the pine. It's way cheaper, and forgiving of mistakes.
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THanks for the input guys. I am going to put that project on hold for the moment and build some outdoor furniture first, but when I get back around to it in the summer I will keep your suggestions in mind. Thanks again.
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