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  1. 22 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

    Eucalyptus sounds a lot like sweetgum, only more aromatic. Lots of that stuff around here. Supposed to make nice furniture if you can get a plank to dry flat.

    There are two type of eucalyptus, one is supposed to be better for furniture.  Unfortunately that isn't the one that is here all over California.  My dad had a small chest that he brought home from Australia from during WWII.  That thing to this day still smell great every time you open it and is actually a pretty wood.

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  2. I am sure some of the people here that have them will chime in.  I can tell you that to avoid disappointment you probably need to look at companies like Felder and their subsidiary Hammer.  There are other companies like Jet and Rikon but I don't think you will find real strong reviews on their models.

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  3. 5 hours ago, BillyJack said:

    Incorrect. You can use MDF for the exterior side and particle board on the wall side. Sheves can be Particle board as well.. this will keep the price down....


    5 hours ago, BillyJack said:

    Repeat of first response...

    Maybe the original poster would appreciate you expanding on your thinking about using pdf and particle board for his project, he was looking for help and advise.  Maybe some techniques or helpful hints on working with that type of product.   So far all you have shared is that the first two people to respond were wrong with know explanation as to why.

  4. 3 hours ago, Mark J said:

    but I wouldn't use mdf or particle board for shelves

    I don't think i would use MDF for any of it.  I just don't think that MDF will provide long term strength.  Plywood would be my choice.  Baltic birch sanded to 150, then primed and painted should take the paint pretty well.  I think I would use a real short nap roller for the painting process over brushing, I think you will get a better looking surface.   Like Mark mentioned you can also us ply with a hardwood veneer.  You would want the veneer of a closed gain variety, something like maple as apposed to open grain like oak if you are going to paint it.  If you go with a veneer ply you can still give it a light sanding with something like 180-220 just to knock down the roughness but be careful the veneer is paper thing and you can sand through it pretty quickly.

  5. 53 minutes ago, Coop said:

    Sounds like it will be easy on the feet. Are y’alls houses built on concrete slabs? You mentioned replacing some sub-flooring so I guess not? 

    It is supposed to be real easy on the feet.  I have one room on a slab, we have a step down family room that is on a slab.

  6. 2 hours ago, pkinneb said:

    How boring would the world be if we were all like minded...I truly miss Eric, Shane, Steve etc, etc, etc we have lost a lot of great folks with a bundle of knowledge and expertise. Luckily like the US, even with our issues, its still the best damn woodworking forum out there and for that I say thanks to all that participate!!