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TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 08:57 AM

What type of wood is best?
Okay, im going shopping this weekend for the wood to build the rest of my cabinets. I can get all of the wood i need out of three sheets of cabinet grade plywood. My issue is the with the face frames, which i make out of 1x2's and 1x3's.
I get my plans from Ana White, and she recommends using oak or maple for their toughness. The problem is, my cabinets will be painted, and i really dont want to paint oak. Maple is not sold in my area (not that ive been able to find, anyway.)
So, what kind of wood should i get for the face frames? I used pine on the first two cabinets because that was all that Lowes had, but im going to HD and i know they have more species. What is best?

joecaption 03-15-2013 09:16 AM

My Lowes carrys a select grade of pine that's imported. It's straight and has no knots at all.
Birch will also work.

TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 09:18 AM

i dont want to use pine because its soft. I can see that much from the fact that tightening the clamp on the kreg jig leaves a circular imprint. Ill look for birch.

joecaption 03-15-2013 09:23 AM

Do you have the plastic pads that came with the clamps to prevent that from happening?

TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 09:28 AM

there werent any plastic pads. There is one plastic thing that hooks over one side of the clamp and attaches to the jig, but that plastic piece never touches the wood. The other side of the clamp is bare metal.

GBrackins 03-15-2013 09:46 AM

what about poplar? available, easy to work with and takes paint nicely

TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 09:52 AM

is poplar a hard wood?

GBrackins 03-15-2013 10:15 AM

technically it is a softwood. of course I'm sure you know softwoods and hardwoods are called that based upon the leaves on their trees and does not mean that the wood is hard or soft. Poplar is used in furniture and molding and trim. Should be able to hold up for your cabinets. Check it out in the lumber section, I know my HD carries it.

funfool 03-15-2013 10:30 AM

I am sticking with Joes first comment.
Home depot sells a product called radiator pine. It is straight, no knots, easy to work with. is harder then the scrap pine dunnage they sell at hd.
You can paint it or stain. I have used it on many face frames for cabinets.
I think would be ideal for your cabinets.

Oak is terrible for paint.
Maple is pretty, but is twisty by nature.
Popular imho would be softer then the pine.

TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 10:58 AM

I dont want something that my screws are going to pull out of. That is my biggest concern, because once screws pull out, it destroys the appearance of the cabinet. I used whitewood pine the first time, and not only did the screws go in too easily, but it also cracked the top of one of the stiles. I need something a little hardier than whitewood pine.

TrailerParadise 03-15-2013 11:00 AM

GBrackins: Yes, i know that. Thats why i phrased it as "hard wood" not "hardwood". I need a wood that is physically hard and tough.

funfool 03-15-2013 01:07 PM

It is your choice, I do urge you to look at the radiator pine. I think it may actually come from Australia. I would have to google it to find out.
But it will do what you want.

As far as splitting out when driving screws, any wood will do that if you do not pre drill and counter sink before inserting the screws.
While at home depot, look at spax screws. Is all I use for installing cabinets.

GBrackins 03-15-2013 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by TrailerParadise (Post 1137781)
GBrackins: Yes, i know that. Thats why i phrased it as "hard wood" not "hardwood". I need a wood that is physically hard and tough.

sorry, my mistake, didn't have spell check turned on

good luck! :thumbsup:

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