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As a beginner in the world of woodworking i have a lot of things to learn to be able to build something. I have some tools that i purchased and some were gifts from my husband. But to be able to start with a project what type of wood should i use price matters since i will sure make a lot of mistakes in cutting. Hope to find an answer from this community....

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Pine, Maple, Birch, Oak... Your local big box DIY store will definately carry the first 4...don't forget specialty wood stores tho', you could find something cool like "Bamboo" plywood, bending plywood any and all types of exotic cabinet-wood....it's SO EXCITING!

 

ok, i'm done

 

anthonychan105 said:

Interesting, I didn't think of using plywood out of something like maple! I'll look around and see what's available. Hopefully that'll save me a few bucks too! Stay tuned for pictures within the next weekend or 2.

 

Thanks!

Anthony

 

Geoff Simpson said:

Hi Anthony,

 

My opinion, build it out of plywood.  You can get amazing products out there, and a lot of people think that in order to do it correctly and make it look right you'll use dimensional lumber or specialty hardwood.  Birch or Maply plwood can be smooth on both sides and allow you create a solid carcass to build off of.  For myself, you can bet, if it's got a cube in the design, i've made it out of plwood. 

 

3/4" will give you the strength and a burly look that will help hold weight and keep from bowing. 1/2" for shelving if you want to shave off a couple pounds, 1/4" for the back.  As for the exposed edges, pick up some veneer edging (iron on) or, if you're looking for something more substantial, pick up some wood and rip down 3/4" wide strips and nail/glue them in place, sand them a little and then paint.  You can also use wood filler, spackle or what have you and fill the edge that way.  A little sanding with 220 grit or so afterwards and you've got a finished edge....i use this for exposed edges when they are within the cabinet as the finish is never perfect.

anthonychan105 said:

Hi All,

 

I've got the same question as Wenjie. Not sure what wood to use for a 8'x24"x22" TV Stand. I'm planning to make that into 2 4' boxes(side by side) since it'll be way too heavy otherwise. Is it possible to go hardwood on top and then use clear fir or something for the rest? I'd like to minimize weight but keep the same overall look. Planning to use a Java Gel stain or something dark on the whole piece after.

 

Thanks!

Anthony

Be warned that MDF makes a LOT of dust!  Stable and flat, but hard and dusty stuff.  I try to avoid it for that reason.

 

Practice cuts on the cheapest wood you can find.  But for actual projects, poplar is a good choice, typically not much more expensive than a decent pine.  If you have an actual lumber supplier near you, check there.  The quality of HD/Lowes plywood is pretty poor; it warps just looking at it.  Or, try Menard's.  Their USA made ply is fairly stable and not too expensive.


Geoff Simpson said:

I also agree with TOMBOY, if your re-store carries that kind of product it's an excellent source for inexpensive wood.  I've even bought a couple of solid wood doors and ripped them down on a table saw to make shelving, etc. 

Apart from that, MDF will give you a forgiving product with a smooth surface to work on.  SPF (spruce/pine/fir) plywood is a good product for building dressers/cabinets or what have you.  Not the kind of thing you would use if you were a craftsman (which i am not) but it will still provide a nice end-product with sufficient sanding.

 

Good luck and welcome to the world of wood-butchery ;)

I agree with everyone. When learning, find the cheapest possible. I've made plenty of scrap in my life. That's all part of the process. Invest the biggest part of your budget in quality tools that will last. I still, though, keep the larger scrap pieces for doing test cuts and setup purposes. It's my way of recycling. Currently I have a lot of recycling to do.

If you are going to paint your wood, Pine.

If you are going to stain your wood like I do, I like to use red oak,( which mostly is all I can get in my area), or maybe poplar..

You can also check with a cabinet shop and ask if you can have some cutoffs that they get rid of.Most likely it will be free FREE is good.Maybe Craigslist also under free
hey anthony i would suggest poplar if your going to do a dark stain .its hardwood and inexpensive without heavy grain lines.

anthonychan105 said:

Hi All,

 

I've got the same question as Wenjie. Not sure what wood to use for a 8'x24"x22" TV Stand. I'm planning to make that into 2 4' boxes(side by side) since it'll be way too heavy otherwise. Is it possible to go hardwood on top and then use clear fir or something for the rest? I'd like to minimize weight but keep the same overall look. Planning to use a Java Gel stain or something dark on the whole piece after.

 

Thanks!

Anthony

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