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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 11-30-2018 09:04 PM 424 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2018 09:04 PM

Hey, Hope that y’all are doing well. I’m in the process of making a doll cradle for my grand daughter. Next, I’ll need to make something to for my 12 yr. old grandson…...y’all know how that is with kids. I found a plan for a computer desk that I had to download. The materials list calls for cherry wood and is what I think is fairly extensive list. So here is my problem. My wife and I are living on a modest pension and still making mortgage and car payments. WOW you’re probably thinking. Yes I agree, however it’s a long and complicated story. I know that I’m the only one who has to make this decision, but thought I’d throw this out there. Question: Would it be to tacky to make the desk out of cherry plywood instead?

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 09:07 PM

Nope. Do whatever you can afford. Just make sure you edge the plywood with solid wood or banding so the plys don’t show. Most of my early projects were made from pine, most often from carefully picked out construction grade lumber. That’s what my dining table is made from (see projects). I think family will appreciate something that you made.

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 09:18 PM

I agree^. Use what you have/can afford. However, I would suggest you make sure that’s actually a less expensive option. Not sure of your location but KD Cherry is relatively inexpensive around here in VA and Cherry plywood is hard to find and costly when you do. Just a thought.

Also, I see no reason it has to be Cherry. Unless YOU want it to be Cherry. What about Red or White Oak? Oak is usually plentiful and inexpensive. Maple, Poplar and Pine even less expensive.

Just some thoughts. But I say make it out of whatever you want and can afford.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 10:28 PM

ditto to whats been said,your grand kids are gonna love whatever you make because it was made with love from grandpa.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-30-2018 10:30 PM

Cherry Ply is a great choice, flat, stable, you have less worry about wood movement, and less costly.

Just get a bit of cherry to cap the edges.

I would build in a secret compartment.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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