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Old 05-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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My options at Lowes seem to be oak poplar aspen pine or cedar? Obviously looks and ability to resist scratches/dings are important.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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I'm partial to oak myself. Cheap, durable, easy to work with, and looks great with lots of different finishes. Cedar would hold up to condensation better, but if you seal the wood, any of them will last a long time.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's LARGELY going to be appearance choice. Since you're going to have insulation behind it the properties of the wood itself are largely irrelevant.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #4
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I went cheap. Bought a 2x8 piece of pine and stained it. I think it looks decent.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #5
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Mine is collar free but I used pine for the top and the coffin box and it's worked very nicely.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #6
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I wanted to avoid cupping, twisting, and bowing that tends to come along with 2x8 on up. I suppose I could have picked through the lumber but I had some plywood already so I built mine out of that. You can see it here if you are interested.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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Red oak choice boards for the win! I've done a lot of woodworking with red oak for nice furniture-grade aquarium stands and it's FAR better than pine with a TON more character.

Build it, sand it really well, fill in any nail/screw holes with a mix of sanding dust and wood glue (mixed to form a putty consistency), sand down the filled spots, coat in your favorite stain with a couple of light coats, then grab a can of minwax polyurethane semi-gloss. Give it a very thin coat, let it dry. Give it another very thin coat, let it dry. Wet sand this coat so that it is nice and smooth. Then give it two more coats as above and you're done with a finish that is super slick and will last forever.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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@deadboy:

You've got your kegerator; now get to work on those game cabinets!
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:01 PM   #9
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Haha, well the TRON and the "Street Fighter" already work. Actually the SF cabinet is a MAME/Entertainment center. The Golden Tee is a future project. Supposed to be converting it and another cabinet into MAME machines when friends raise the scratch. Here is a pic of the big one:

Edit: actually I should take some new pics of the MAME. I've added cup/bottle holders and a pop up panel for a keyboard.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread. Resume speaking of wood
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