I have to make a bunch of drawers. Some are 18" w x 17" d x 5" h,
others are the same width and depth but only 4" h. Somewhere in my
travels I have seen a white material that was 1/2" thick that was used
for this purpose.
Does anyone know what I am talking about or was it a 'senior' moment I
If you can't help me with this product what would you recommend that is
Thanks for any and all help.
Are you talking about real wood, or a composite material? If the latter,
there a number of products on the market with a plywood or particle
board/mdf base and a white melamine veneer.
If real wood, maple makes nice drawers, and it relatively white. Butternut
also makes nice drawer material and it is also more or less white.
Many of the Home centers carry "hobby woods" planed to 1/2" and
thinnner in smallish widths. I've seen pine, oak, poplar and aspen,
Aspen hobby wood is typically very white.
It is also fairly expensive when compared to the by the board foot
cost for thicker stock.
I'm not familiar with apple ply but it sounds similar to the Baltic
Birch plywood I use. Baltic birch, too, comes in 5' sq. sheets, has no
voids, and edges can be routed smooth. It runs about $17/sheet where I
buy it. Some HD stores stock it -- runs about $23/sheet.
> I'm not familiar with apple ply but it sounds similar to the Baltic
> Birch plywood I use. Baltic birch, too, comes in 5' sq. sheets,
> voids, and edges can be routed smooth. It runs about $17/sheet
> buy it. Some HD stores stock it -- runs about $23/sheet.
At $17/sht for 1/2", you have a deal.
I'm looking at $41.25 for 1 side clear.
"Appleply has smooth maple faces with 1/16" veneer plys of birch",
according to vendor's price list.
It is also about 35-40% more than birch.
Can be supplied prefinished on both sides for drawer sides, per price
Several months ago on New Yankee Workshop, Norm used a drawer ready siding
product that came in varying heights. This siding also came with a pre-cut
slot for a drawer bottom. It was just a matter of cutting it to length and
using it. Apologies, I can remember what it was called, but you maybe follow
that avenue to get the name of it.
in my area (minnesota) traditionaly basswood was used for drawer sides,
it's white in color and very workable. i have used it for the same
often. also soft maple is another option and white wood, not as hard as
hard maple an less apt to split.
Rockler, Woodcraft and a host of other places sell ready made drawer
I've never ordered from this place but the prices bear investigation.
I was in Home Depot the other day looking at their 3/4" hardwood stock and
noticed a whole array of 1/2" hardwood material right below the 3/4" stuff.
In some instances, it was more expensive than the thicker stuff.
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