what's the right choice of wood.

John
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Any cabinet I’ve built has been stained. Now I have project that will be painted. What’s a good choice of wood for rails and styles that in the end, will be painted? Strength and mill-ability are my concerns. Plus… i don’t want to kill the budget. You thoughts? Thanks – John

Cruiser

The type of wood that is cheaper depends on where you live. If you live in say Florida you may find a cheap source of Cypress for example. Your best bet is to try googling lumber yards in your area, then compare prices. Here is a good link for basic wood descriptions and locations…
http://www.osbornewood.com/woodtypes.cfm

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

My friend the cabinet maker uses birch plywood and poplar. Both are very stable and paintable.

Ellen

Ok cool. I wanted to hear poplar. It’s readily available and less expensive here in SC. Thank you for the reply. John

Cruiser

I like poplar. Its pretty strong and the grain seems relatively tight. After a wash coat of de-waxed shellac, it also stains ok.

Another vote for Poplar. The kitchen I did earlier this year had poplar face frames that were painted. The only thing I’ll say is that the end grain just sucked in the paint, so on those uppers, seal the end grain on your stiles first and you shouldn’t have any issues.

Poplar is great if its available, easy on tools and paintable.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Thanks all. That’s just what I wanted to hear. Appreciate it. John

Cruiser

Silver maple (soft maple).

Poplars decent, but very soft and warps easily.Also mills fuzzy.I like soft maple for high quality painted cabinetry.

steve66

Here in the Midwest poplar is definitely the wood of choice for painted projects

RFloydWright