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Forum topic by Jeff82780 posted 07-26-2011 03:26 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2011 03:26 PM

im attempting my 2nd project this week as im on vacation from work and will have a little time to tackle it. I,M real nervous because this is the first project I will be doing that is consisting of mostly drawers. Anyway, the main reason I posted was to see if it would be foolish to use birch plywood for the sides. everything else will be poplar. The plans say to glue up 2 boards, but i’m hesitant to spend $40 bux on the sides and mess up on a dado or glue up. Of course I will use test pieces before I go for it, I’m just a little nervous. what do you guys think?

Oh yea, one more thing. iv’e never been to an actual mill for my wood and wouldn’t even know where to find one and how much wood to purchase from there. so I just purchased about half of the poplar from the home depot, which is already 3/4 thick. Should I still face joint and plane it square? I’m afraid that after I’ve squared it all up i’ll be at a 1/2” thickness. the project called for everything to be 3/4”, thickWhat would you guys reccommend?

Thanks, Jeff

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 03:41 PM

Why not use poplar?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 02:33 AM

I recently completed a shaker inspired dresser for my hunny. The sides were comprised of a frame and panel construction with 1/4” solid panels. I used simple stub tenon and groove joinery for the sides. As i wanted cherry, plywood would have been out of my league as far as cost goes.

Hope this helps,

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 02:46 PM

what should i do concerning my 3/4” poplar i have? Should i run the boards through the jointer and planer? or leave well enough alone and be satisfied with close enough to square. I,m just a little nervous i will end up taking to much down. what would you guys do?

Madwood: Any chance you have any pictures or sketches of you shaker inspired dresser?

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