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Forum topic by kcrandy posted 02-14-2011 11:29 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2011 11:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sofa built in wood

My next project is a sofa that will almost look like a built in, but will have a simple box base with mission-style arms.

It will be painted. I have a bed of springs from a day bed I’m going to use and then mattress for the bottom sofa bed. What type of wood would you suggest? It will replace the sofa you can see in this image. I want to top of the back of the sofa to be flush to the window sill.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 11:37 PM

Without a doubt, poplar for the casework. If you are going to use sheetgoods for any of the construction, I’d look at MDF or birch plywood.

Now if you decide not to paint it and consequently stain it, then all bets are off.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 12:18 AM

yes,what Firehouse says.

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 12:20 AM

Agreed…... 1 com poplar is what is almost always used for the frame. Not a fan of MDF for structural (even light) but the shop birch is the best bet for sheet.

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