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I need some opinions. I am going to build a cabinet for audio/video equipment under the flat screen TV. I have been using poplar for most of my furniture projects, including cribs and toy boxes, that were painted and it has worked out well so far. I am wondering if any of you have suggestions for better material suggestions for this project and why. It too will be spray painted and made a bit shabby so I am not concerned about color/stain problems.

Poplar is rather easy to get here and not too expensive which is relative I suppose. I can get random red oak at Menards at a relatively good price as well but there are other sources too.
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Birch is also very pleasant to work with, and reasonably priced. Ash tends to be soft...easily dented. Same for Pine.
Avoid Mahogany if you want to paint; open grain is a pain.
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Hello Ron! If You are happy with what Your using, and it will be painted I would go with the popular. You are used to using it, unless You are unhappy with it, I see no reason to change. The plus is that You may already have some pieces in the shop already. Have fun! I have seen Your projects, and they look great

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I see no problem with Poplar, I have been using Cypress for some of My bigger projects but it is readily available here... I love the natural color of wood and hate when I need to paint it from time to time Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing Your projects

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Popular is the best choice for paint grade lumber

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Hello Ron! If You are happy with what Your using, and it will be painted I would go with the popular. You are used to using it, unless You are unhappy with it, I see no reason to change. The plus is that You may already have some pieces in the shop already. Have fun! I have seen Your projects, and they look great
Thanks for the input. Hey Howard, how about "coffee" next week?
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Ron, poplar is a nice wood choice. It has several qualities that make it a good choice. it is dimensionally stable, easily worked and takes glue or fasteners very well. Poplar takes paint quite well if it has been properly dried, but is also nice if stained. Poplar is quite economical and is available in all kinds of thicknesses, widths and lengths. All woods can twist, but poplar is less prone than many others. I have found it to be great for a lot of my prototype work because of these properties. Good luck,

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