Poplar Plywood Dilemma

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Forum topic by Russ posted 01-27-2010 05:12 AM 1403 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2010 05:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: poplar plywood stain

I’m going to start working on a Pirate bed for my son. I’m going to use plywood for the sides and back of the dresser. I plan on using poplar for the bed. But I cannot obtain poplar plywood locally. I plan to finish the bed in a dark brown stain Like this bed. What are my best options? I can get Oak and AC plywood at reasonable cost. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- Russ

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 05:19 AM

If you go with oak and poplar you are going to have two very different grains, this may look really nice it all depends how you plan to place the boards. If you want the grain to flow and blend togther I would try birch ply, you can usually get this at any building supply store for a reasonable price.

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 05:22 AM

I would use Mdo also know as sign board. with the Poplar.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 05:26 AM

Here’s a photo of a shelving unit I made using poplar and birch plywood. I think it looks pretty good.

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 05:27 AM

i might consider mdf, particle board and paint

cool looking bed

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 01:32 AM

If you are going to paint it, I’d go w/ Jim’s suggestion. MDO has a paper overlay bonded to the plywood surface. It’s a bit pricey but finishes nicely.

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 08:32 AM

I decided to go with Birch plywood. I’ll post pictures as it comes along. Since I’m doing a chocolate colored stain I wanted something with a wood finish. I really appreciate everyone’s advice.

-- Russ

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