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Forum topic by superstretch posted 04-21-2011 04:32 AM 1025 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2011 04:32 AM

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for a large (18”x10”) cutout meant for wall hanging (silhouette of a dog). It will be painted by someone who knows what they’re doing, but I’m looking for very little grain ends showing, stable, somewhat light, and ~5/8” thick. All I’m doing is cutting it out with a band saw and sanding it.

So what say you? Cabinet grade plywood? Shop grade? One of those hardwood/paintable panels? Lowes is probably going to be the place I stop at.

Thanks for any and all comments!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 12:57 PM

Aspen is light some what inexpensive and has very little grain. It should be avalible at lowes.

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 01:33 PM

I agree with the above opinion


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#3 posted 04-21-2011 02:16 PM

I really have very little experience in this category, but I hear popular is a great wood for painting. I get it pretty cheap at my local mill and it can come in some wide boards….. Just figured I would throw that in the mix….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 02:42 PM

Another vote for poplar…it’ll produce the smoothness you need for good painting.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 03:06 PM

I’d probably glue up some poplar, but the girl who asked me to do this is going to be in town only on Saturday, so I think I might need something already dimensioned large enough for 18”x10”

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 01:31 AM

Poplar or maple. Both excellent painting hardwoods. Baltic birch plywood is also great for painting.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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