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What is the best wood for the frame of the shaker doors and least expensive they will be painted

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I depends on what finish you want. Clear finish-what ever wood you like.
Stained, Oak, Alder, Birch, Beech, Ash,Maple (stains blotchy) etc.
If you like knots, Pine.
Paint, Alder,Birch,Maple, any tight grained wood.

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Not sure if you're looking for actual "wood", but I've used 3/4 mdf. Mills easily and takes paint well too.

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Usually, the best hardwood value for painted projects is poplar. Itís easy to work with, just slightly more expensive then pine, and free of knots so there is no waste or week spots like there is using pine.


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I think the suggestion of poplar if you want solid wood is a good idea. Of what I’ve read about Shaker furniture pine and cherry were mentioned quite a bit if authenticity is a factor.

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I forgot Poplar.
I have gotten away from Poplar and use more Red Alder now. I love the way Alder machines, stains and finishes clear.. Poplar seems to be tough and leaves fuzz on the cuts, where as the alder is nice and crisp and cuts clean and smooth. The price is about the same. We have lots of Alder locally, most goes for firewood. I cannot even count the big clear alder trees that I fell and cut for firewood. Now with the burn bans state wide where it almost takes an act of the legislature to start a fire of any kind I see more Alder showing up at the lumber Store. Or maybe they are running out of poplar.
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Now Iíll really blow your mind talking about poplar. According to my wood supplier, poplar from the south east United States is a member of the tulip wood family, where in the upper Midwest poplar is in the cotton wood family. Supposably the tulip wood poplar machines better and has less tendency for frizzing.

Now Iím not into forestry so donít take me out to the tool shed to spank me if Iím ill informed, just what I was told by someone trying to sell me something.


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The poplar out here is white poplar that is indeed related to the cottonwood tree but the woods don’t resemble each other much. I know that some of the poplar back east is yellow poplar and that might be the one you are referring to.

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Stuart,

Your post is missing some details. Are you doing a single cabinet door or a complete kitchen or ...
If you are painting the final product and budget is a factor, then MDF is the least expensive way to go. If you prefer solid wood, then the cheapest is Pine. You can paint Pine but try to use your material by removing the knots, as they are difficult to hide and could eventually fall out.

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