|Forum topic by Budk||posted 02-24-2013 10:26 AM||1162 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-24-2013 10:26 AM
Obviously, I am new at this but not at life. I’m 53 but just getting into taking woodworking seriously. My main exposure up to now has been on the construction side. I’m ready to start enjoying myself and I recently picked up a table saw, jointer and a planer to augment my other tools.
I want to build a set of cabinets for our Laundry Room. There is a window that I need to work around so the washer and dryer will be under the window and I will mount a counter top above those 2. On both sides of the W/D, I will have a tall cabinet (likely 85”) with at least 2 doors. To the right of the tall cabinet on the right will be a utility sink cabinet and a wall cabinet above it. Finally, above all the cabinets will be a set of 3 cabinets, each 3ft long that will run across the top and use almost all the available height. I’ll trim out the top to the ceiling.
So, I have a basic design. Plywood construction, face framed cabinets with a flat-panel insert doors. Basically, a Rail and Stile constuction of door with a flat insert panel rather than a raised one.
My question is, how do I decide what type of lumber to use ? We are thinking that we want to stain the cabinets a dark color (although that may change as well). How do you decide between using something like cherry, hard maple, oak or ???. I know where I can get all different species of plywood and I assume that I want to get the same species of plywood for the cabinets that I will use for the doors. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, any sources of lumber near Pittsburgh, PA are appreciated as well as any woodworking groups in the area.