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Forum topic by Scottlj posted 06-23-2015 04:37 AM 648 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2015 04:37 AM

So I found these great plans for a child’s dresser that calls for 2×2 legs. (or 1 3/4 actual) To make it easy to build, I was thinking of using 2×4 or 2×6 Pine and cutting it down since it’s carried by my local lumber yard.

My concern is whether or not it will take a semi-gloss paint as well as the poplar or just be so much softer it’s too dent prone. It’s really nice clear 2x Pine, so no visible knots or anyhitng. And this way I don’t have to glue up boards for the legs.

Am I just being too lazy as it would be that much better to go with all Poplar? An issue is that I don’t have a planer or jointer. Great table saw and miter saw, and I do have a hand planer. Just not sure how to easily get to 1 3/4 with what I’ve got.

Thanks for any ideas.

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#1 posted 06-23-2015 07:20 AM

Dimensional constuction lumber in the big box stores usually has too much moisture for furniture.
May warp. Glued up legs tend to be more stable.

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#2 posted 06-23-2015 08:04 AM

Half my projects are made from construction grade wood it will work just fine. The only thing you have to do is keep the raw lumber in your house/shop for a few weeks so the wood can normalize. And yes the wood will gets dents over time but since it’s for a child that will happen regardless.

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#3 posted 06-23-2015 12:51 PM

You won’t get 1 3/4” from a 2×4 as they are 1 1/2”. I would stick w/ poplar as it is easy to get in 8/4 and it will be dry and w/o the resins in pine.

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 01:18 PM

Actually, the pine 2×4’s are 1 3/4” thickness. Everything is from a lumber yard that properly dries things and I’ve had good outcomes with their red oak, so I’m reasonably certain the rest of their stuff is ok.

Still, I’m getting convinced by you all that poplar is probably best all around, though it woudln’t be the worst thing if I used the pine. I’ll have to take a look around and see if there’s anyplace nearby I can get the 8/4 poplar. Or re-check the design and see if I can use 6/4.

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 01:46 PM

If you are painting, then go all poplar. It’s hard, stable, and takes paint really well. In my early days, I used 1×10 pine fronm lowes of all places. That was 20 years ago. It cupped and did all kinds of funny things, but I managed to use it with techniques that hid that countered that. I have a major book case today that I made for my mom. After she passed I got it back, and have it today. It’s butt ugly (that matched my skills back then) and has warped shelves, a horrible stain job, and it wobbles, but it has sentimental value.

I’d go poplar and you won’t be sorry.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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