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#1 posted 09-04-2016 07:59 PM

If you don’t want to listen to people with a lot more experience, why are you posting the question? Especially when it is someone with Charles Neil’s track record. He’s got the body of work to back his statement, unlike many of the rest of us.

Personally, I wouldn’t do it and think you are just asking for trouble. Wood moves and it’s not always predictable how it will move as it dries. It’s much easier to work with dry material that has shown what it will do and then you accommodate it than to do all the work of cutting your joinery and have a piece twist so bad that it throws your drawer out of square or splits as they dry, or ends up with gappy joints, or …. There are a lot of reasons to not buck hard learned lessons of the past.

Why not use the poplar for the sides and back? Lots of high quality furniture is built with poplar drawers and a different species for the front. It’s not just the cost or ease of working, poplar is also very resistant to wear from sliding, much more so than oak. Take a look at an old dresser where poplar slides rub on oak runners (or vice versa) and you’ll see much more wear on the oak.

If you just have to use the oak for the drawers, plane it down to just over final thickness, stack & sticker it and put a lot of weight on top to help keep it flat as it dries. You’ll have a better end result.

But hey, that’s just my opinion. Feel free to reject it as easily as you did Mr Neil’s.

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