First choices for secondary woods
What single species is the best secondary wood for building drawer sides and cabinet parts that get hidden in a project?
—Otto Beers, Parkville, Mo.
Don’t feel limited to just one choice, Otto. You just need any strong, easy-to-work wood species that meets your price needs. Lumber suppliers can recommend locally price-competitive species—which describes red oak in our area. Pine works for lightweight to medium-duty drawers. For additional strength and a firmer anchorage for hardware screws, consider an inexpensive hardwood. We have a few favorites around the shop: soft maple, basswood, aspen, birch, and poplar among them. The high strength, consistency, and stability of easily worked Baltic birch plywood gives you still another option.
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