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jd3020

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10-27-2009 05:20 AM

I want to build a bowed front hall table and was wondering what I should use in the bottom of the drawer. In the past I have used lauan ply or hardboard. But on a piece of furniture that I want to last for a long time, what should I use? David


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#1 posted 10-27-2009 01:02 PM

Hi David,
I suggest using plywood of the same species that the table was built from.
Many of the lumber dealers will sell a 1/2 or 1/4 sheet of plywood.
It sounds like a nice table…please post pictures when it finished.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 01:15 PM

David, I am with Keith on this. I generally make my drawer components out of 1/2” maple and use either 1/4 or 1/2 inch birch or maple plywood for the drawer bottoms depending on strength that I think I am going to need in the drawer.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 07:59 PM

David, I have a little different take on this. I have repaired and refinished many well built pieces of antique furniture and in almost every case the craftsmen used a secondary wood like yellow pine for dust panels and drawers. I have used Cherry and Walnut to make drawer sides, backs and bottoms, but feel it is a waist of material.

We have a good source of quality yellow pine here and that is what I use most often for drawers with a 1/4 inch A/C or a hand selected piece of luan for a bottom. These materials are is strong and durable and do not detract form the quality of the project. I hand select the pine and plywood I am going to use.

I have also made drawer bottoms for dimensional lumber. It required more time and the result was no real improvement over plywood, because of the plywood’s improved stability and strength.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 09:20 PM

I tend to use hardboard if the drawer is small. Otherwise plywood makes a great bottom. If its the bottom of a trunk or cabinet that requires some strenght then I often use poplar.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 03:33 AM

Unless your doing antique restoration I would use plywood also it’s much more stable and has allot less movement than solid wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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