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Posted on Building a changing table to be painted. Poplar or is pine ok?

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 12:17 AM

first off, congratulations.

if you’re painting it, i don’t think poplar vs. pine is a big issue. either wood will be strong enough. just be sure you put a back on it, so that it doesn’t rack. as a far as differences, the pine will dent easier, but will smell better when you’re cutting it. also, i don’t think premium pine from a big box store will be any cheaper than poplar. from what i’ve seen, they tend to charge about 2-3x the normal rate for lumber.

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