I'm just wondering what type of wood species you guys typically use for painted cabinets? We have used mostly poplar for as long as I can remember but we have had a couple of problems with the doors warping with the last couple jobs. Some doors that are perfect will end up warping a few months down the road. One of these jobs happens to be inset so you can imagine what a slightly warped door is going to look like. We sub out most of our doors and they have a "paint grade" species that we always use for painted cabinets. This seems to be a mix of mostly poplar with some soft maple mixed in. Would it be the poplar that is warping or maybe a bad batch of lumber? We're possibly thinking of going with all soft maple doors for painted cabinets but would appreciate any of your input.
I also use soft maple for paint grade doors, aside from the potential for warping, poplar is just too difficult to get a smooth finish on. You can use a "paint grade" maple which has too much color variation for staining but works fine for solid colors.
We have considered 1 pc. mdf doors but we have yet to try them. I'm not sure mdf doors would be as durable though. I would be worried about the corners chipping in a heavily used kitchen but maybe I'm wrong. I think we may try soft maple and see if we have a better outcome than poplar.
Soft maple and have used hard maple a few times . We make our doors and can't remember ever having a door warp . We always prime the panels with a tinted primer that matches top coat . If you're spraying lacquer the finish is much better than poplar . I think poplar dents way easier too.
There is an interesting thread in the knowledge forum about the advantages of MDF one piece doors. They are all we use and once finished with a high quality conversion lacquer, they are as good or better than a 5 piece door. We band the square edge shakers with maple or birch banding and our finisher takes it from there.
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