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Re: Quartersawn drawer sides
Response To:
Quartersawn drawer sides ()

Patrick Gibbons
I've got a lot of thin maple in stock. My lumber supply sells what they call brown hard maple and at the time I bought it, it sold for under $2.00/bd ft for 4/4". This included S3S stock that was sanded to 3/8" or 1/2". Maple tends to warp, cup, etc. I've since come to the conclusion there are better woods for drawers. My criteria is for a secondary wood with good stability for easy fabrication. QSWO would be a consideration for me if I needed 1/4" thick sides. For 3/8" and thicker, I think poplar, basswood, beech, red oak are all good choices based on their price. I used cherry of about 7 or 8 inches wide on a project for drawers about 2 or 3 years ago. It's not quartersawn but has not given any problems with sticking.

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