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Forum topic by Don posted 08-22-2014 05:21 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2014 05:21 PM

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Hi folks…..

I client has asked me to make a keepsake box for her niece, nothing fancy but she wants it painted. I’m not about to make the box out of an exotic wood or a highly figured domestic just to have it covered in purple paint.

I don’t want to use Poplar which leaves me with…..Maple? Oak? Birch?

If you have done a project like this and the client wants to hide the wood with paint, what did (or would) you use?


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 06:20 PM

I often use pine because it is readily available.

What’s wrong with poplar?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 06:22 PM

If not Poplar I would use Maple. The oak has to much grain. Might want to use MDF and see how it turns out.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 06:30 PM

Jim, I am with you on the Poplar for painted projects.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 07:11 PM

I tend to incline to MDF if there are no edges showing,

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#5 posted 08-22-2014 08:22 PM

Poplar or soft maple or whatever is smooth and inexpensive in your area. What do you have against poplar? It’s perfect for painted projects.


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#6 posted 08-22-2014 08:36 PM


Poplar is way too soft. That’s the main reason it’s not used as a primary wood more often. Along with the green/brown streaks of course

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 08-22-2014 09:07 PM

I vote for maple. Should make a nice box.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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