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01-13-2011 09:06 PM

When making furniture does the wood matter?

I ask because I am interested in making something like a blanket chest or entertainment center/TV stand and I am considering using plywood or something similar to it.

Inevitably I will end up staining it or painting it, but I want the furniture to looks good. So in your experiences what kind of woods would you use for this type of project?

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 10:54 PM

Wood will always matter given the nature of the project. For cabinet type furniture plywood works well. If you buy cabinet grade it will be better for staining. You will want to attach some form of banding on the open edges of the plywood though. This can be as simple as gluing on a solid strip to the edge.
If you chose to use a solid wood remember to watch for cross grain situations and for expansion and contraction issues when making and gluing joints.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 11:02 PM

I agree with what Greg has to say, but if you are just getting started and more interested in technique and practice some regular cdx plywood would be fine for painted surfaces. If you have the techniques down and are confident in them step up to some cabinet grade plywood or glued up boards, they will take stain a lot nicer. Little by little we all learn new things.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 11:03 PM

Thanks for the wisdom guys.

This is very helpful.

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