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post #1 of 5 Old 01-05-2010, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Selecting wood for armoire project

I'm making an armoire for my sister-in-law for her new nursery. I've built cabinets before for the kitchen, but never anything quite like this. I've been looking through plans and pictures of armoires and I have a good idea of how I'm going to build it. The main thing I'm unsure of is the wood selection. My plan is to make it out of some kind of low grain hardwood. My thought was that I could use Baltic birch for the main structure, as it's cost effective and stable and looks nice. But I'm having a hard time finding birch dimensional lumber to build the face of the piece and the doors. Are there other lumber combinations that might work for this? i.e. is there something more accessible (aspen, maybe?) that will match up with birch ply when stained? Or are there other reasonable alternatives to the plywood? I don't have a jointer and I'm not really interested in trying to build my own panels.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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You should be able to find birch hardwood at your local hardwood supplier. This would solve the problem. If I had to choose another wood, I would say maple might work fine for a decent color and grain match.
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Alder is probably not a bad alternative (mild grain, and about the same color and hardness as birch). And, it will splotch about the same when staining (sorry, couldn't help myself - I had a post recently in the finishing section about blotchy alder).

Keep looking for the birch.
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Ahhh alder, thanks for the idea!!!
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Alder more closely resembles cherry in both color and grain. In fact it's often referred to as poor mans cherry.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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