Drawer bottoms: plywood or hardboard?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-11-2014 10:31 PM 968 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 10:31 PM

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

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 10:38 PM

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 02-11-2014 10:52 PM

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 02-11-2014 10:55 PM

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 02-11-2014 11:18 PM

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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