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skatefriday

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07-15-2014 07:20 PM

I’m building some drawers for a cabinet and I’m wondering
what material people typically use for drawer bottoms?

My plywood suppliers are all quoting about $28 a sheet
for maple mdf and $57 a sheet for maple veneer core.

Seems pretty expensive for 1/4 veneer core. What are
people using these days for drawer bottoms?


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#1 posted 07-15-2014 10:09 PM

It really depends on the project. For a piece of furniture, I would use either baltic birch or veneer core core plywood. It would also depend on what type of wood is used for the drawer sides.

For shop cabinets or such, I will use just 1/4” BC plywood so that I have one pretty good side. I have also been using Arauco plywood which I get a Menards. It is a good quality plywood and better than the standard stuff. In addition, Menards stores their sheet good flat not like HD which puts them on racks with arms and puts a bend in them.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 10:40 PM

Baltic birch for nicer stuff, luan for more utilitarian applications and thicker (~ 1/2”) AC plywood for heavy duty use.

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 11:24 PM

Luan here

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 11:33 PM

Baltic birch here.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 11:35 PM

1/4” Birch veneer at HD for $23.00 a sheet. Strong and workable.

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 11:37 PM

I agree with all above. Depends on what cabinet it’s in, and if it’s going to be holding something heavy or not

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 11:38 PM

I’ve seen a few reputable builders using solid wood. I don’t see a difference, does anyone else?

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 11:40 PM

1/4 inch Birch from HD – $24 plus tax. Just bought a sheet for some paint grade kitchen cabinets which are also being constructed from Birch (3/4 inch).

I have also used the 1/4 inch prefinished birch for cabinets which have interior pieces made from the pre finished 3/4 Birch.
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#9 posted 07-15-2014 11:43 PM

Any of the above including solid wood. HD and Lowe’s have 1/4” ply for a little over $20 a sheet.

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 12:31 AM

1/4 ply from Home Depot, I find it sufficient.

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#11 posted 07-16-2014 12:43 AM

1\4” sanded ply.

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#12 posted 07-16-2014 02:37 AM

1/4” Birch for most drawers.
Larger drawers holding heavy object usually get 1/2 solid wood.

I have been known to spline the bottoms of some drawers that I used 1/4” plywood on if I was concerned about extra support.

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skatefriday

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#13 posted 07-16-2014 02:41 AM

So in other words, nobody uses MDF for drawer bottoms. Odd because when I called
asking for a price for 1/4” maple sheets, they all quoted the MDF price first and none of
them disclosed that it was MDF until I asked if that was veneer core.

The drawer sides are baltic birch, but it hadn’t occurred to me to use 1/4” baltic
birch for the bottoms. I’ll start asking about that.

The opacity of the plywood market, combined with the “we don’t really want to
sell to non-pros” can be very annoying at times.

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 07-16-2014 02:52 AM

If you have a source, you could buy 3/8 inch Baltic Birch and cut a rabbit around the edge of your drawer bottoms so it fits in the drawer groove yet has the thickness and strength of the 3/8. :-)

Same goes for 1/2 inch I guess.

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#15 posted 07-16-2014 03:09 AM

I like the pre-finished birch for most, depending of course on what your building.
I’m surprised I haven’t heard any replies for melamine.
I’ve made a lot of drawers using maple melamine for bottoms. Looks nice with the pre finished baltic birch sides. Understand that 1/4” melamine on an mdf core isn’t plywood, but I’ve never had or seen a failure with it.
Also have used several other woodgrain melamines that compliment the exterior color of the cabinetry.

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