Are there any benefits of having painted cabinet doors made from maple opposed to poplar? I notice that at HD and other places that their solid colour doors are made from maple. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to make them from poplar if your only going to paint them anyway? What am I missing here?
Maple is harder. That's the only benefit I see in painted doors. Maple tears out more when machining, but poplar fuzzes up a bit. I'd go poplar for the ease of machining, and you can knock off the fuzz when you sand the first coat of finish.
Alex, I am with Jamie use the "poplar". If you are looking at what is sold in HD as poplar it is not, it is the wood of the Tulip-tree, not even related to poplar and the wood has long been used in cabinetry.
I am using poplar to make the face frames on all my entretainment unit's cabinets as well as the shaker style doors. I find it very easy on the blades, machines crisply. I have not painted yet, but from the looks of how closed the grain is it should paint very nicely.
I have also come across some boards which I almost wish I'd set aside because of the brown marbling occurring in the grain. If I had stained instead, i bet it would have made a nice something (whatever that may be)
Could pass as maple if its clear and no green, natural finish.