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What type of wood to use?

I need to build a bed for my daughter it needs to have drawers underneath here's the question does any one have some good plans for one or know of a site where I could get a set of plans for this also what type of wood would you guys and gals use my wife would like to paint it I thought of pine but not sure if it would be strong enough any info is greatly appreciated
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I need to build a bed for my daughter it needs to have drawers underneath here's the question does any one have some good plans for one or know of a site where I could get a set of plans for this also what type of wood would you guys and gals use my wife would like to paint it I thought of pine but not sure if it would be strong enough any info is greatly appreciated
Poplar would be a good choice.








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Poplar would be a good choice. It is readily availabel at home centers and not all that expensive. I believe i saw plans for a kids bed with drawers underneath on norm abrahams site "new yankee workshop". I have used a few of his plans and they are pretty good compared to others.
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Thanks guys I thought of that, do you think it would be strong enough?
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Popular, pine or virtually any of the common woods would have sufficient strenght. Unless you used unusually thin boards. The plans will provide dimensions that are structurally sufficient.

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Thanks guys I thought of that, do you think it would be strong enough?
poplar is strong enough and is a paint able wood . It will take paint very good. I wouldn't use pine if it were me. sometime's the pitch will bleed thro the paint. The only way is to use shellac before the painting that is sopose to stop pitch from comming thro. Poplar is the best choice. I use lot of it for different item's very good wood tight grain. my 2 cents
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My two cents on strength and wood selection. Unless the design is weird or needs specialty engineering, most domestic softwoods and hardwoods will handle typical furniture loads, so the design is more important than the wood itself. You can think of this as the structural strength (that is will it collapse?). The weakest link in most designs is usually the joinery. Make sure you do them correctly.

You might want to consider a hardwood. There is another aspect of strength that has nothing to do with the structural strength. How well will the wood stand up to the abuses of the users - dents and dings and so on? Poplar and pine will get dinged up more easily than oak or cherry.

Of course, softer woods will be a little easier on the inevitable banged head. Also, make sure you break all the edges and avoid sharp corners as much as possible. Iíve put a few miles of stitches into kids after a kid vs furniture encounter. Itís a pet peeve of mine, so I donít mean to preach, but Iím often amazed how often I see designs for kidís furniture that doesnít consider the likelihood that at one time or another the children will bang into it. The furniture usually wins.
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