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Tridentds
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Cabinet wood selection
Having a cabinet guy come in to do some living room built in cabinets and shelving. Any of you guys with knowledge recommend a couple of wood species if the cabinets are to be painted white? We are not staining.

Cabinet guy said he works a lot with Birch and Poplar. Are these a good choice for painting with a sprayer? Looking for a nice smooth finish without spending days sanding a rough grain wood. Thanks in advance.


LSURussian
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Ash has the prettiest grain if you're going to use stain to finish the wood.

ETA: I'm an idiot. I didn't finish reading your post that you're going to paint the cabinets before I posted.

If you're going to cover the wood up with paint, almost any wood will do.
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LZ83
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I have birch in my kitchen and bathrooms. It works great.


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SEClint
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Watched overboard last night, makes me want to say cedar.

On a budget?


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moon
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Birch is very dense and durable (heavy). It should paint well.



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griddle
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Birch cabinet, poplar face frames

This is the standard for painted cabinets in cheap to million dollar homes where custom cabinets are concerned.


Jim Smith
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Don't be cheap, use cypress.


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civiltiger07
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re: Cabinet wood selection
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Birch cabinet, poplar face frames


this


airfernando
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If you're going to cover the wood up with paint, almost any wood will do.
this.


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LumbermanRon
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re: Cabinet wood selection
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Birch cabinet, poplar face frames

This. Or if you want to save a little money, you can get mdf door panels with poplar stile and rail. Do not let him talk you into full mdf doors. they are junk.


Bullfrog
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re: Cabinet wood selection
You just need paint grade plywood with trim on exposed shelves.


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Art Vandelay
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Birch is fine. I don't have much experience with mdf but I would assume if you use it on your lowers it would suck if they get nicked up


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real turf fan
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re: Cabinet wood selection
No to oak, even though it's strong, it's not smooth when taking paint.
No to cedar. A lot of it is smooth, but if you get some with resin in it, it will bleed through the paint for all eternity (as will a lot of other woods' knots.)

Have you decided between gloss, semi-gloss or flat for your paint? IMO the decision should incorporate how much cooking you do and how much frying. Even with a great exhaust system, cabinets are going to need to be washed, and gloss doesn't take washing all that well


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HeyHeyHogsAllTheWay
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re: Cabinet wood selection
painted wood cabinets? Yuck.


Stained oak


SippyCup
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Maple


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MikeBRLA
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re: Cabinet wood selection
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Stained oak


Going for that 1995 look I see.


HeyHeyHogsAllTheWay
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Going for that 1995 look I see.


I like what I like


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jmon
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re: Cabinet wood selection
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Or if you want to save a little money, you can get mdf door panels with poplar stile and rail.


Not only a cost savings, but paints really well. Spend the extra money on sturdy drawer boxes and soft close hardware.


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tommy2tone1999
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re: Cabinet wood selection
If you're painting then go with poplar
This post was edited on 9/28 at 1:17 pm


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CHEDBALLZ
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re: Cabinet wood selection
Birch plywood with polar trim if you painting them.


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