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Old 10-13-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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Wanting to build a cupboard/TV unit in my alcove but would like some advice on what wood to use.

Needs to be cheap, have a grain and be 'stainable'. Needs to be big enough for the top of the cupbaord/unit - 100x30cm.

Have orginally thought perhaps pine boards would be best, but struggling to find some that arnt laminated (i guess if its lamintaed i wouldnt be able to stain it?).

any thoughts and suggestions, including where to purchase would be most welcomed.

Thank you.

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Old 10-13-2010, 09:38 AM   #2
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I haven't done a lot of woodworking, so my advice won't likely be worth as much as others, but as for type of wood a lot of that will depend on personal taste depending on what color you want with your stain. The same stain will look different on different types of woods.

Personally I like the look of birch. Oak is pretty common and usually inexpensive.

Where to purchase depends on where you live!

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Wanting to build a cupboard/TV unit in my alcove but would like some advice on what wood to use.

Needs to be cheap, have a grain and be 'stainable'. Needs to be big enough for the top of the cupbaord/unit - 100x30cm.

Have orginally thought perhaps pine boards would be best, but struggling to find some that arnt laminated (i guess if its lamintaed i wouldnt be able to stain it?).

any thoughts and suggestions, including where to purchase would be most welcomed.

Thank you.
Pine is going to be the cheapest wood. If there is a Lowes in your area check there, They have pre-cut unfinished pine boards of different widths and lengths.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:45 PM   #4
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Oak has a broad, open grain. Some people like it, some don't. It takes a stain well, however, any end grain will stain quite dark. At Lowe's or HD, it's pretty inexpensive. It is a bit hard/brittle and splits easily (always drill pilot holes before screwing, and be careful nailing.

You aren't going to find a single board that's 39 inches across. By "laminated" do you mean plywood? If you want the top of the cabinet to have matching wood (as opposed to say, granite or formica), you will need to either build up a top out of many pieces of wood, or use a plywood and put a wood veneer or laminate on the edge to cover the plies.

I prefer soft maple, though it is a bit more expensive. It is easier to work, takes a stain better (you can make it look like cherry), and has a nice, tight grain.
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