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Jimintomahawak

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03-31-2017 02:04 AM

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Hi Everyone, I am designing a bed for my daughter. It will be a full or queen size bed and maybe a couple night stands. I will be painting it she wants pink but Dad may insist on white.
Would pine or poplar or something else be the best choice? If she decides a natural wood color or a stained finish I would probably do red oak, but I’m not sure about oak too.

I’m still a newbie and still learning. This site is great.

She is 6 and frequently helps out in the shop. She liked to do finishing but I don’t care to let her be exposed to that yet. (Can’t find rubber gloves that small) she likes to push paint and she does ok.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 02:15 AM

Poplar is a better choice than pine as you want to paint it. Neither however is hard enough to resist dings but it is al least twice less expensive than maple or cherry. On the other hand painting maple or cherry is a crime so poplar seems to be the most appropriate material for you

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 02:30 AM

I second the poplar for paint.
Red oak, white oak, maple it’s all good for stain. Poplar can look good too with stain.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 03:27 AM

Ditto the poplar as less expensive but good to work with and harder than pine. You won’t have to deal with any resins either which can bleed through and discolor over time.

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 03:58 AM

I’m going to vote for beech. It takes paint very well and is a harder more solid wood. Also it’s cost is very reasonable.

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 01:30 PM

Poplar takes paint very well. Pine has a lot of resin pockets and resinous knots that don’t take paint well. Clear poplar is generally cheaper and easier to find than clear pine, it also harder.

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#6 posted 03-31-2017 03:34 PM

Poplar ++ Takes paint great, easy to work with. Any other hardwood would work, but its criminal to paint any other hardwood.

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 03:39 PM

Cabinet grade plywood is also another option. You can laminate pieces together to get thicker parts. It sands well and paints great.

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#8 posted 03-31-2017 05:18 PM

Poplar, and merhaps MDO ply if you have panels. you get a wood core with a thin MDF layer facing.. so you get a super smooth surface compared to plywood.

made my daughter a bed many moons ago
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11845

went with white, but had enough pink trim to be “acceptable”

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#9 posted 03-31-2017 06:24 PM

im on the beech train. super cheap and hard

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#10 posted 03-31-2017 06:25 PM

Jay Bates made a bunk bed out of southern yellow pine dimensional lumber. Turned out quite well. He did not paint it, but rather used a colored wax to finish it.
https://jayscustomcreations.com/2014/11/build-a-bunk-bed/

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#11 posted 04-03-2017 09:30 AM

Use poplar. It’s perfect for painting. (Otherwise, I am no fan.) I would not use pine because of the tendency of pitch to bleed through the paint, especially at knots or pitch pockets. Poplar’s a little harder, too.

-- Dale

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#12 posted 04-03-2017 03:32 PM

If painting Poplar would be the cheap good solution. However it will have a tendency to show dings etc. Maple paints very well and would be harder but much more expensive. If the bed is a queen size for rails I’d do a lamination instead of a solid piece. Any solid piece that long will twist over time. Laminating pieces together and putting a top/bottom cap on will stand the test of time. Use bed bolts and float your head board and its a piece of cake. I Made a california king 4 poster bed and used that method from Charles Neil’s DVD. The laminating rail was the best idea and has held up over time. I’ll post a link to my bed so you can see as mines out of cherry, and to his DVD. Any of his stuff is top notch.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/22447246@N06/nt66o0

http://charlesneilwoodworking.3dcartstores.com/Making-a-Period-Bed_p_195.html

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#13 posted 04-03-2017 03:40 PM

If they end up wanting a white look, then the maple or beech are a good natural alternative. Just put a clear finish on it and you can still see the grain but also get a look in the white-ish spectrum.

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#14 posted 04-03-2017 05:34 PM

think i’d use 3/4 cabinet grade plywood as well, seems to take the dings better than either poplar or pine.

-- Carol

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#15 posted 04-03-2017 05:40 PM

Walnut also takes paint pretty well.

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