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Forum topic by Vintagewood1960 posted 12-26-2017 03:56 PM 504 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2017 03:56 PM

I’m going to start a “built in” project in the next week or so but I’m having trouble picking the wood species I would like to use.
I’m remodeling my family room with V groove T&G pine on the walls and as a result my “Built in” would have the T&G pine as the back of the bookcase shelves. The upper bookcase case and shelves would be ash plywood with cherry face frame. The lower cabinet base would be ash plywood with a cherry lower base (kick plate) and cherry top. Similar to the woodsmith version (picture)

That was the plan. I was a little concerned with having three textures T&G pine , Cherry face and ash ply all together but In my mind it looked like the combination would work.

However, I started to read up on the properties( potential problems) of cherry. (Uneven finish and chipping) and thought I may need to rethink my choices.

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 05:05 PM

Are you staining your wood or leaving it natural? Regardless, using blotch control (Charles Neil’s is great choice) will minimize finish issues with your cherry. I have found cherry to mill pretty well with less issues with chipping than oak.

I think your combo will look great.

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#2 posted 12-26-2017 06:10 PM

Honestly, The thought Is to put up the v groove pine Get the cherry base/ Kick plate in place. Build the bottom case in the shop and then put it together and see if I need to tweak it at all with a finish. (I want to keep it light) Not a big fan of stain but it may need a little pop.
Thinking out loud …. I wonder if the V groove pine behind the shelves is going to be too many textures and if it may be better to paint the existing drywall behind the shelves and V groove the rest of the room.

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