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
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?
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).
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).
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.
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.
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