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mixing wood on a single piece Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)02:51 UTC+1 No.640135 Report

Hey /diy I came into a 4 sheets of oak 3/4ply. I am wanting to make a wardrobe out of it..

My plan is to build the carcass out of the oak, and join it using pocket screws. But I am thinking about making the door out of panks of cedar .

Is it OK to mix woods like that?
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)02:57 UTC+1 No.640137 Report

Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)03:17 UTC+1 No.640142 Report

I can't think of why it wouldn't be "ok"
it's not like there is the wood police going around making sure everyone's furniture is made out of the same timber

That said, I would suggest you stain the timber and make it all an even color, but that is just my 2 cents
Jesse 05/19/14(Mon)03:52 UTC+1 No.640153 Report


Mixing woods is what makes your projects look cool. I don't have any experience using pocket holes with ply, but if its cheap ply you might run into problems where the screw splits the board. It would probably be a good idea to do a couple practice pieces to make sure you won't run into that problem.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)04:04 UTC+1 No.640157 Report

Staining does just that. It stains. It won't help match the two wood colours. They will still be different. Why waste money on it in the end unless you use it for protection.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)12:22 UTC+1 No.640269 Report

mixing the woods will be fine, however plank material will tend to move a little more than plywood over time.

a lot of cabinet guys i know have switched to pocket holes for almost all their stuff. you have a solid point regarding cheaper plywoods splitting, most oak/maple/etc plys i've seen tend to hold up just fine to the process.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)16:54 UTC+1 No.640319 Report

The playwood is good quality, is a 7ply solid oak, AB , pheno free glue.

I've used pocket holes for cabinet projects, they work as well as biscuits. As long as you use the correct screws. Kreg for the win.

The door would be plank cedar, so if it moves abit that's ok. It will only be connected by the hinges.

I'll post pictures when I'm done.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)17:00 UTC+1 No.640323 Report

Carpenter here. Perfectly fine to mix woods. I wouldn't worry about pocket screws splitting the plywood either. I've used them to make repairs in particle board cabinets without issue.
Jesse 05/19/14(Mon)17:40 UTC+1 No.640335 Report


A lot of the people doing cabinet work also use baltic birch which has 11 or 13 plys. The cheaper 5/7 ply might not be as durable.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)20:31 UTC+1 No.640372 Report

or stain each species a different color, something to offset and accent eachother
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