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Forum topic by rnels21 posted 01-11-2019 02:01 PM 348 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rnels21

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01-11-2019 02:01 PM

I’m planning to build a bathroom vanity. I can’t decide what type of wood to choose for the carcass and front frame. I’m told that it would be painted (although I’d prefer to use oak on front and stain it). But I got to keep the wife happy so I have to use a wood that takes paint well.
Any suggestions ?

-- MSsurvivor


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#1 posted 01-11-2019 02:28 PM

Maple or birch plywood for the carcase and poplar for the face frame.

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#2 posted 01-11-2019 02:38 PM



Maple or birch plywood for the carcase and poplar for the face frame.

- bondogaposis

+1

-- Pete

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#3 posted 01-11-2019 02:38 PM

+1

Classic Paint Grade materials…


Maple or birch plywood for the carcase and poplar for the face frame.

- bondogaposis


-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 01-11-2019 02:51 PM

Having used poplar for cabinet face frames, I suggest upgrading to hard maple. It paints well and resists dents and dings better than softer poplar or soft maple. On a small project like a vanity, it won’t increase your costs much.

That said, poplar machines nicely and paints up great.

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#5 posted 01-11-2019 02:55 PM

My 2 cents- spend just a few more dollars and make the faceframes from maple. Poplar takes paint nice but it’s too soft. Every time a hairbrush, curling iron, blow dryer, etc hits the corners of the frame on its way in and out of a drawer, it will dent and Marr it up. Maple will take more abuse, paints up nice and smooth, and won’t cost a ton more for the amount needed to make a faceframe

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#6 posted 01-11-2019 02:56 PM

Mnguy and I must have had a mind-melt. Both posted the same thing at same time

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#7 posted 01-11-2019 02:58 PM

Thanks, your advice is appreciated

-- MSsurvivor

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