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What species of wood are you using for painted cabinets?8/25
We use soft maple. We have had the same problem with poplar in the past. I told our door company if any doors show up made out of poplar I will refuse them. That stuff just isn't stable.
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.
have you ever tried/considered 1 piece MDF doors?
Soft maple here as well, poplar it just not the best wood for better quality cabinet doors.
Paint grade is soft maple and I mostly use an MDF panel.
Soft Maple and Mdf for panels, we primed our panels prior to assemble the doors also.
Definitely soft maple. The grain in poplar will telegraph through the finish no matter how well it's prepped.
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.
The doors look ok in the picture, are the huge spaces above the pull outs there for a reason?
Our standard is 3mm. The dishwasher looks like it may have been installed a little low and had a larger gap. Expanding a photo on phone or computer always makes these gaps bigger than they are.
Soft maple with glued in mdf panels.
Poplar used to grow like a weed. Now with all the extra CO2 it grows as fast as bamboo with some trees having 1 inch growth rings.
It was a poor wood for anything but trim. Now its getting dodgy for even trim. I haven't trusted it for doors for 20yrs.
I think the only thing growing faster than poplar is the poison ivy vines. Isn't climate change great...