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There's no need to use plywood unless you want added strength and stability
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I agree with Biscuitslayer I would'nt use MDF for anything with a tank 2x4s and 1/2 plywood would work great.I've seen what can happen to MDF when it gets wet while i was building houses
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Originally Posted by lylelovett View Post
Did you skin it with plywood first or apply the cedar paneling directly to the 2x4s?

I'm going to put barn boards on the outside but didn't know if I should skin it with plywood first or not.
This is an open question that involves what the barn wood is like as well as what you want.
For me, it is much easier to build a stand frame of 2X4 as those are the cheapest and easiest to find in the good dry and straight that I want. NO treated as it is a simple fact that is has to be green wood to treat it and the species used for treating is just not good wood for staying straight as it dries.
Whether to use plywood under the final, is more a matter of how many holes, gaps, etc. I want. Barnwood can come in lots of variety and your preference may differ. Plywood underneath makes the stand with no gaps and holes which can look bad--or not! Noise from filters is not very big if canisters are in the stand and there can be value in letting heat out but rather than cracks, I leave the whole backside open. For strength, stands are often way stronger than needed but the 2X4 frame is plenty strong by itself.
Barnwood alone probably is plenty strong without plywood. Your choice on appearance, cost and effort.
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