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Forum topic by whitedogone posted 12-12-2019 02:39 AM 208 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2019 02:39 AM

Starting to think about building a bedroom set. I have always used maple or popular for drawer boxes. This round I may go with basswood because I have some


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#1 posted 12-12-2019 12:18 PM

If the basswood is much softer than poplar I wouldn’t use it. My limited drawer building has been with poplar and yellow pine, I suppose if you’re going to use metal drawer slides it’d be OK but for a traditional drawer guide setup with wood on wood I wouldn’t do it.

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#2 posted 12-12-2019 01:45 PM

I think hardwood is too soft. I use Poplar or ash.

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#3 posted 12-12-2019 01:56 PM

Unless you’re committed to building a traditional drawer set, baltic birch plywood makes great drawers. If you use plywood for the bottoms, you can glue it in and create very stable drawer boxes. Your fronts can be anything you want and you can attached them with half blind dovetails or use false fronts.

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#4 posted 12-12-2019 02:08 PM

The boxes will be dovetailed with a front applied. I plan on plywood bottoms. I think the basswood will be ok for a dresser. Just look at older furniture, they used the wood extensively including drawers. If it doesn’t seem strong enough,I’ll mill down some maple. My main concern at this point is what guides would be good for the drawers. The last dresser I did,I used full extension side mount guides. Although they are strong, they just seemed weird when used. Something with less closing force I guess is what I’m after.

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