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Forum topic by sawdust99 posted 02-21-2014 04:50 PM 616 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2014 04:50 PM

Is it OK to use a cheap wood for the bottom of a box if you can’t see it inside the box. The bottom would be covered with felt. I was thinking of using poplar for the bottom instead of expensive wood as the main frame of the box.


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#1 posted 02-21-2014 07:44 PM

In a word: Yes.

That’s the difference between a ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ wood in a project. Primary is what you see and secondary is anything that won’t show but is a necessary component. In my case, I normally use something like 1/4” lauan plywood (or whatever scrap 1/4” I have) for a box bottom or even for a small drawer bottom. If it’s going to be concealed, it doesn’t have to look good; it just has to be supportive.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 07:55 PM

In a second word….....yes.


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#3 posted 02-21-2014 07:59 PM

Of course if it is not seen, this has been done for many generations of woodworking .With veneering being a prime example. Have safe fun. and stop worrying LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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