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05-09-2014 08:26 PM

Hard or soft maple for kitchen cabinet face frames? Would soft maple suffice for this sort of application? Any other paint grade wood I should consider?

Thanks in advance….


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#1 posted 05-09-2014 08:32 PM

I think either would be fine. Soft maple is still pretty hard if that’s your concern.

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 08:36 PM

I kinda cringe when I see someone refer to soft maple as “paint grade wood”. Anyway, soft maple is actually harder than cherry, so if hardness was the concern it should do just fine. I think I would consider poplar as well…though it may not save any money over the maples, and it is quite bit softer.

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 08:38 PM

Should work fine, still a pretty tough wood. Given the application and how likely it is to be abused, it would work just fine.

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 10:43 PM

I use lots and lots of soft maple on cabinets .

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 10:50 PM

I used poplar for the face frames, doors and drawer fronts on the cabinets I built to form the buffet.
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#6 posted 05-09-2014 10:54 PM

Fred, why cringe when someone mentions soft maple as paint grade?

I used to use poplar for my painted projects but it’s just too soft and prone to denting.
I now prefer soft maple for painted projects.

OP, use whichever of the two is cheaper.

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#7 posted 05-10-2014 01:18 AM

Thanks. As long as soft maple is “hard”, I’m good with that. The poplar I have used on all my built ins thus far is just too soft. Any bump against a shelf easily dents it. I’m ready for a more durable wood. Soft maple is cheaper than hard maple around here.

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 01:33 PM

I cringe because some of the nicest maple I’ve seen was soft maple….to me it’s much better than being consider a “paint grade” or secondary wood. Truthfully, most of the hard maple I’ve seen was much more plain in color and grain….maybe it’s a regional thing.

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