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Forum topic by Mark posted 02-04-2014 01:39 AM 645 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2014 01:39 AM

As I mentioned in another topic, my daughter has plans for me to build her a coffee table and or a dining room table. Both will be painted. I’m kinda wondering what would be the material of choice? Hard wood is out, and I’m not to fussy about pine. Whatcha think?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 02:04 AM

Cypress, Cedar, Redwood, or Hemlock. Otherwise Plywood….....

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 02:06 AM

See if you can find a lumber yard near you, they always have some interesting species of wood

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 07:13 PM

If painted, use sheet goods for the top (good quality plywood or MDF) and poplar for the skirt and legs.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 07:18 PM

I’d go with poplar it machines well and takes paint well. Pine is ok if you get clear pine, the knots are so resinous that they can bleed through paint. I think generally clear poplar is easier to come by especially if you need 8/4 stock for the legs.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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