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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 08:23 PM

See if you can find a local hardwood supplier. The guys that supply the cabinet shops. Oak in not an expensive wood. 1/4 sawn oak is a little spendy, but just getting a portion of it for the visible areas looks really good. The labor is the expensive part. I pay just about the same for ash or poplar as I do for oak. Which is only about a 1/3 more than pine. If you try to get your wood from HomeDespot or most lumber stores you will be paying a premium. Pay the extra to get domestic plywood. You will save in the long run. Minwax Early American is a good looking stain for this kinda project. Some stains hide the grain (which is what many prefer even if they don’t know it) and some highlight the grain. Minwax will highlight it. The importain thing is to get colors YOU like! That project would look good in just about any wood. My guess is that might actually be a stained fur or redwood. Which was used in many of the homes built on the west coast.

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