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11-24-2011 10:54 AM

I’m getting ready to build a counter-height workstation for my kids but I’m having trouble deciding on the proper type of wood for this project. I’m not the most skilled woodworker, but I do have the basic skills. I was thinking of using either birch 3/4” plywood or MDF since I will be painting it. Any thoughts?

Here’s a similar style of what I’m building that i found on the web.

http://www.mylearningtower.com/gallery/My-Learning-Tower/Black_Dark_Cherry_White_TowersNolan_049

Thanks for your help.


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#1 posted 11-26-2011 06:51 PM

which type of wood would you recommend? do you think the 3/4 birch ply will be ok when i route the edges?

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 07:00 PM

If money is no object I would use solid white oak.

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 07:06 PM

Plywood edges will show the laminations. MDF will paint and route well, but it won’t be a resistant to breaking as ply iof you have any long, narrow spans without support. There is a much more dense MDF product for exterior use (Extira brand) that might do the job. It is heavy.
Bill

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 08:53 PM

i’m not too worried about the lamination layers showing if i use plywood. While I want to it be a quality piece, it will be for my kids, who will certainly grow out of it in a few years. i figure a nice cabinet-grade plywood would be sufficient. The only part I’m concerned about is the holding power of screws into the end of the plywood.

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 09:13 PM

i’m not too worried about the lamination layers showing if i use plywood. While I want to it be a quality piece, it will be for my kids, who will certainly grow out of it in a few years. i figure a nice cabinet-grade plywood would be sufficient. The only part I’m concerned about is the holding power of screws into the end of the plywood.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 09:17 PM

Screws (if you use the right screws) should have no problem holding in the end of quality plywood … at least better than MDF. However, the best quality plywood can be expensive in its own right. For kids furniture, I would recommend birch ply and poplar….it’s inexpensive but works well. The only issue with poplar is that it doesn’t stain well, so you are better off finishing with a dye instead of a stain. I think that combination will let you build a quality piece that will hold up to the kids use without breaking the bank.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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