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Where to buy hardwood for cabinets locally?

I have a stand already but I wanted to make my own carbon copy of it with hardwood since it's the junky particle board... I ask at lowes n Home Depot but I feel like they don't wNt to help me because I'm a girl..


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They are idiots if they dont want to help a DIY girl!

HD has Poplar and Red Oak that should work but the widest board is 11.75" so you'd have to joint boards together; assuming you have the setup to do so.

I go to House OF Hardwoods on Ellis in Culver City, but that might be a bit far for you

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Cabinets aren't usually built from wide boards. It would take pages here to explain, but if you want to build with 100% hardwoods, you need to glue up boards that aren't more than 4" wide and alternate the orientation of the growth rings, glue and clamp them and then plane and sand them down. It's not a a process for the faint of heart or somebody that's in a rush. Solid wide boards will cup badly over time.

You'll best be served by using cabinet-grade plywood that's veneered with the hardwood of your choice and add hardwood edging to the panel. The box stores will usually sell an oak or birch plywood. in a 3/4" plywood look for as many plys as you can get. Most are eight plys with the veneer over that. Better quality is usually available at a lumber yard.

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Cabinets aren't usually built from wide boards. It would take pages here to explain, but if you want to build with 100% hardwoods, you need to glue up boards that aren't more than 4" wide and alternate the orientation of the growth rings, glue and clamp them and then plane and sand them down. It's not a a process for the faint of heart or somebody that's in a rush. Solid wide boards will cup badly over time.

You'll best be served by using cabinet-grade plywood that's veneered with the hardwood of your choice and add hardwood edging to the panel. The box stores will usually sell an oak or birch plywood. in a 3/4" plywood look for as many plys as you can get. Most are eight plys with the veneer over that. Better quality is usually available at a lumber yard.
Eggsactly. Solid wood isn't very stable. It is after all organic and shrinks and swells with humidity. Then you have to factor in cross grain gluing and how to keep a cabinet from tearing itself apart.
Quality cabinets are all plywood carcasses with a hardwood face frame. Shelves are dadoed into the sides for strength.
My library is all oak plywood with red oak face frames. Very very few metal fasteners. I only used screws where it was better for my schedule not for any strength. The wood will fail before the glue joint will.

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Cheap foreign furniture gave anything but hardwood a bad name. The reality is as the others mentioned that a good quality plywood makes a better cabinet. Plywood Hawaii has good shop-grade maple ply that can be used for hidden panels or even painted if you so choose. They also carry cabinet grade hardwood veneered plywood, available in numbered sheets which means the sheets are numbered as their cut from the veneer ensuring they'll match one another. Unless you've got all the tools to cut, joint, plane, etc hardwood it'd be tough to produce a quality cabinet out of hardwood. Better would be to make one out of construction grade lumber and face it with a quality ply or there are also so threads of those who've made ada style stands out of ply and painted or laminated them.
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Plywood Hawaii is where you want to go for fancy, but not too fancy hardwoods.

You might want to go with a something simple and use a veneer. You could get crazy (expensive) and contact a local cabinet maker.

If I had the money, I'd have a Koa cabinet for my tank.

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Plywood Hawaii is where you want to go for fancy, but not too fancy hardwoods.

You might want to go with a something simple and use a veneer. You could get crazy (expensive) and contact a local cabinet maker.

If I had the money, I'd have a Koa cabinet for my tank.
Along these lines, a Koa veneer would be better. Plywood Hawaii carries Koa veneered plywood as well. Better utilization of the resource, the reason the Europeans have been making veneered furniture for over a centuries. You could also get nicer figure in a veneer. The curly/figured Koa is nice to look at but both hard to work and not as structurally sound.
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They are idiots if they dont want to help a DIY girl!

HD has Poplar and Red Oak that should work but the widest board is 11.75" so you'd have to joint boards together; assuming you have the setup to do so.

I go to House OF Hardwoods on Ellis in Culver City, but that might be a bit far for you

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Hahahhaahahaha thanks. Yeah I went to hd it was much nicer..., but I didn't care for the wood they showed me ... I think here in Hawaii we have higher price less quality supplies unless u know someone really good :/ plus they told me they can't cut it specific for me...
Plus about being a girl, I made sure to dress as planned and flirt with the manager in the wood department to get my wood all cut exactly. I'm still thinking my strategies so I don't make those guys sound like pigs.


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Plywood Hawaii is where you want to go for fancy, but not too fancy hardwoods.

You might want to go with a something simple and use a veneer. You could get crazy (expensive) and contact a local cabinet maker.

If I had the money, I'd have a Koa cabinet for my tank.

I'll check it out. Hahah thanks


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Check out recycle Hawaii down kakaako. They might have something you maybe looking for. They are cheap too
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