"Duesenberg" wrote in message
I wish to build a series of built-ins along a 14 foot wall. I have to
incorporate 2 desks.
I've built carcasses and drawers and night stands and tables in a
college night school coarse but I've always been supplied the oak/oak
veneer, and I've built using their measurements and instructions.
But for my first project at home I'm confused on the type of wood I
should choose. My wife wants everything white so I'm deciding between
poplar, pine or MDF. Even with MDF, I'll most likely use poplar faces
and router in a design.
Skip the poplar. I recently did a big kitchen job for myself and I regret
using the poplar. Seems it is now grown too fast, and is very unstable.
One pair of doors I will have to start from scratch, they are so warped.
Others not so good, but not worth doing them again, now.
Use birch ply and birch for the face frames, I think. Maple would be
another good choice for the face frame?
There is oak, but be prepared to do some heavy grain filling before trying
to paint that stuff. I started the project with some built in china
cabinets, which were to be whitewashed stained at the time I bought the wood
and started cutting, but before they were done, it had turned to paint.
I must have put 10 coats of sanding sealer and 3 coats of paint before I was
satisfied. Boy, are they slick, true and hard, though. I almost wish I
would not have switched to the poplar, even with all the work of painting
-- Jim in NC