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Hi. I'm building some kitchen cabinets, and I'm looking for suggestions as to what to make the drawers out of. The drawer fronts will be Red Oak. I have a drawer lock bit, and I'm planning to use that for all of the joints. I'm not keen on using 1x pine for the back and sides because it's hard to get flat, straight lumber, and I don't think they need to be 3/4 in. thick. Also, what would you use for the bottoms?

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sides can be 1/2" MDF bottom 1/4" or 1/2" ply depending on size...
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Most big box stores and lumberyards have popular in good straight boards in 1/2" and it is harder than pine and easy to work with and takes paint well if you decide to do that, plus useing it in a kitchen it won't swell like MDF if it get's wet. Then 1/4" prefinished plywood or hardboard for the bottoms.

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1/2" Baltic Birch type plywood is pretty much industry standard for nicer cabinets, unless you go with solid poplar.

1/4" or 1/2" will work fine for the bottoms.
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Most big box stores and lumberyards have popular in good straight boards in 1/2" and it is harder than pine and easy to work with and takes paint well if you decide to do that, plus useing it in a kitchen it won't swell like MDF if it get's wet. Then 1/4" prefinished plywood or hardboard for the bottoms.
Yeah, poplar is a good choice for drawer sides also. I just said MDF becuse that's wht we used in the custom cabinet shop I worked at. For the higher end cabinets we just ordered premade drawers....
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Hi, Mike
I would use a 1/2" cabinet grade sanded plywood, I'm not sure axactly the number of plys it has but I think its somewhere around 6 plys and you can find it at most home improvement stores. Hope this helps.
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poplar is good... my wood store (a custom cabinetmakers supply) brings in some 5/8" clear soft maple for this also, for those who prefer the maple look.

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The only ply I would recommend is Baltic Birch ply if you want ply drawer boxes. I prefer to use hard maple machined down to 5/8" with 1/4" maple ply with mdf core for the bottoms. !/2" bottoms for drawers that will hold items like pots & pans.

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Thanks for all of your suggestions. Very helpful info. Big Box did not have poplar in 1/2 inch. Looks like it will be Birch. Thanks again.

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Great info. Thanx for all the tips as well. I need to make few boxes to finish out the garage cabinets. =]
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