Wood drawer fronts


Old 09-20-20, 03:50 PM
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Wood drawer fronts

I have built several closet organizer cabinets with drawers. Now I need to add drawer fronts as the units will be painted. I would like some advise on the type of wood for the fronts. I am thinking of popular as it is a hard wood, and any graining is irrelevant due to the painting. I will be routing a beaded edge with a 1/4" round over. Will the popular be fine or do you suggest something else. Thanks for your advise.
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Old 09-20-20, 04:02 PM
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Poplar is not very hard at all (it is one of the softest woods there is) but it is inexpensive and it does router and paint well. You could use harder woods that poplar but I don't know that its necessary. You don't want oak because the open grain will show through the paint.
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I would add that it's a good idea to use an oil base primer on the poplar, latex or waterborne enamel is fine for the finish.
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