Poplar for face frame cabinets???

Just wondering if I could/should use Poplar for the face frame cabinets I'm going to build. Is it strong enough?
I was planning on using red oak, but, since they will be painted (and I know poplar takes paint well), is Red Oak worth the additional cost?
If I were staining them, Red Oak would be my preference.
I was told maple plywood also take paint well, compared to Red Oak plywood, is this true?
ThankX Ron
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Ron wrote:

Strong enough? Yes (unless you're planning to set an engine-block on the cabinets)
Dent-resistant enough? Depends on your application. Get some scraps and try banging a plate (or something applicable to your expected environment) against it to see if you're happy with the result. It takes a lot to put a dent in oak...poplar dents much more easily.

I'm curious to hear some responses to this. AFAIK, every wood takes paint well...after proper priming, of course (and filling, if necessary).
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Remember that the dents and dings are what make family heirlooms just that, family heirlooms. Especially when they are home made. Who wants a hundred year old table, completely free of all scratches and dings - a table (or whatever) without the marks of time is just a table (or whatever).

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Use Poplar. You will not be disappointed. I have used it extensively for painted projects. It finishes beautifully. Machines well, etc.

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Poplar holds paint better than any other wood as tested by US Forest Products Lab.

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I just finished some cabinet doors for my daughters house using 3/4" maple plywood. Banded the edges with birch banding (couldn't get maple). Rolled on one coat of Zinser Bullseye primer and 2 coats of Pittsburg Distinction semi gloss white finish coat. I used a 4" closed cell foam roller. The results were great. No grain show thru and no brush marks. Used a card scraper on runs and drips between coats. I have painted other maple lumber this way before and it always gives a nice finish. Mike
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Ron wrote:

Unless a particular wood is specified, I use poplar for most of my projects. It's easy to mill, takes paint great and it can usually be stained to look like many other hardwoods (unless going with a light stain). I can supply photos if wanted.
Gary
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