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Forum topic by Sillycat41 posted 02-16-2020 03:59 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2020 03:59 PM

Need advice. Unearthed some 30+ year old 1×10 pine boards… well aged… and wanted to get opinions on whether it’s a good or bad idea to make some small upper cabinets for my laundry room. I know that plywood is the best option to avoid warping, cupping, etc. but these boards are pretty straight and not warped at all. I would like to use my Kreg tool too join them and also paint them. Comments please. Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-16-2020 05:32 PM

No reason to buy plywood. I always make my cabinets from solid wood glued to width panels. I only use plywood for backs and other unseen parts. My first piece was a vanity that is still in our bathroom after 30 years. No splits or cracks. Three coats of varathane oil poly, and still no water damage. Pick the boards with grain that is closest to quarter sawn for more stability.

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#2 posted 02-16-2020 05:53 PM

Thanks for responding. You mentioned using “solid wood glued to width panels”. What I want to do is make 9 1/4” deep cabinets using the 1×10 pine boards. Would I have to rip them and glue them back together or use them as is? They seem really quite stable. I would think they would have warped by now if they were prone to warping. Comment??

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#3 posted 02-16-2020 06:05 PM

I think you’re good to go. No need (IMHO) to rip and reglue if they are straight and wide enough for the cabinet. The construction of a box just by it’s nature will inhibit warping to some degree so have at it.

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#4 posted 02-16-2020 06:05 PM

If 9.25 cabinets meet you needs then by all means have at it. I think that is a very shallow cabinet and gluing boards edge to edge would allow you to have deeper cabinets. Use dowels or biscuits to strengthen the bond between the boards. I made several large cabinets for my shop from 1 by boards, edge glued. Been hanging from the walls for 30 years no problem.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#5 posted 02-16-2020 09:16 PM

No, use them as they are. I was making a vanity and bath cabinets that are deeper than you want.

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#6 posted 02-17-2020 02:12 PM

Thanks to all for your comments! I’m going to try using these boards.

I really like this forum… knowledgeable people and quick replies!

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#7 posted 02-17-2020 03:19 PM

People have done what you are talking about for literally thousands of years. So it will work. However, if you plan on using pocket holes, make sure to allow for wood movement on any joints that may be affected by it.

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#8 posted 02-18-2020 03:03 PM

You know what’s really odd… I did a Google search for making cabinets with 1×10 pine boards and couldn’t find anything. Only plans with plywood showed up. Obviously boards were used long before plywood was manufactured. LOL!

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#9 posted 02-18-2020 03:20 PM

We made cabinets with pine shelving back in the early 80’s in the south..that company was in business 20 years before me and still in business today. Commercial Mill work & Specialty Company. Florence, Al…

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