Drawer bottoms: plywood or hardboard?

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Which material is better for draw bottoms: 1/4” plywood or 1/4” hardboard?

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#1 posted 201 days ago

I would go with plywood. I would think it would stand up to more abuse.

Wait a couple more minutes and I bet someone with more experience will come along and give you a more definitive answer.

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#2 posted 201 days ago

Personally, I prefer 1/4” Baltic birtch for my drawer bottoms, and I’ve used 3/8” BB for one drawer in which I store my Tormex.

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#3 posted 201 days ago

Either works just fine for smaller drawers but a good grade of finished plywood generally looks better in my opinion. Both are stable but plywood would be the stronger of the two and should definitely be the choice for larger drawers. If you are a purist sticking to the old ways of making furniture, solid wood is the preferred choice. In any case, never glue the drawer bottom to the drawer carcass or very bad things happen!!!!!

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#4 posted 201 days ago

Go ply over hardboard… especially if it will ever be ANYWHERE near moisture. I use birch on paint, and less special projects, and 1/4 Baltic birch on heavier duty, and better looking stuff…

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