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I need to build a cabinet for a basement playroom area. It doesn't need to be fine furniture grade. It will placed on the floor in a corner and its purpose will be to hide some mechanicals. It will have a door to access the mechanicals. It will be 24" W X 24" D X 36" H. It will be painted. I would appreciate some suggestions as to what wood to use. I do not want to use MDF or Melamine.
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Popular or Pine/Fir.... easy to get, easy to work, takes paint well and afforadable...

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Popular or Pine/Fir.... easy to get, easy to work, takes paint well and afforadable...
Thank You. I like using poplar and recently made some closet shelving with it. Any thoughts on using a paint grade plywood? Wide panel glue-ups aren't my favorite thing to do.
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Thank You. I like using poplar and recently made some closet shelving with it. Any thoughts on using a paint grade plywood? Wide panel glue-ups aren't my favorite thing to do.
The big box stores will have something they call sandply or paraply. It takes paint nicely. I'd recommend oil based paint, at least for the first coat because waterbase will raise the grain and you'll be sanding to get it smooth again.

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Thank You. I like using poplar and recently made some closet shelving with it. Any thoughts on using a paint grade plywood? Wide panel glue-ups aren't my favorite thing to do.
paint grade is fine as in Birch w/ poplar for frame work......
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Ply is fine if thats what you like to use. Or a combination of the two (solid wood & ply) for the construction. Either use a filler on the exposed edges or some trim to cover em up

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Personally, I love poplar. We can get wide boards here pretty cheap.

If you don't want to do glue ups, there are a couple of makers of sanded laminated pine panels out there. They are a great compromise between 'real wood' and plywood or MDF.

They came in real handy for a bookcase project I did for our church in a hurry. I didn't have to glue up any panels.

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Our Lowes carries panels up to 4, maybe 6 feet in length and up to 24 inches wide. One is paint grade and the other is stainable. That is what I made the last toy box out of.

I like Stick's idea of birch plywood and poplar face frame. Or even the white pine looking wood should work. It is soft though.

I don't have a basement so I gotta ask. Do you have any problems with moisture? I read somewhere they say to put down treated wood on the concrete floor so the moisture wont seep in.

That might be as simple as putting some 2x4 blocks in the corners and middle under the box. You could add a base moulding to the box to hide tha blocks. :-)

Well, heck, Doug already provided a link to those panels. Good job, bud. Bad job Mikey for not reading the post.
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The only thing I will add -----Durhams wood putty and paint makes us what we aint The stuff is great for blems knots and plywood edges
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