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#1 posted 08-30-2011 11:12 PM

If it were me i would go with a number 2 common cherry or number 2 common walnut and then leave natural with a simple clear coat. The woods are hard enough to offer structural stability and also strong enough for some abuse. Then down the road after it is scratched up, every year or so, you can apply a fresh clear coat to make it look brand new again without the hassle of trying to re match old stain colors.

A number 2 common, sometime referred to as rustic, would place cherry and walnut at a price comparable to oak and the other woods you mentioned.

Example, with us, oak cost around 1.75 bf, more or less, but rustic cherry cost 1.50 bf and rustic walnut at 2.10 bf. But when calculating in extra cost related to staining a oak or maple, it is more cost effective to go with walnut or cherry in the rustic. Loom into it for yourself at your local hardwood yards. Get the wood from where the cabinet shops get it from.

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