|Forum topic by RickB||posted 01-11-2010 09:21 PM||2518 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-11-2010 09:21 PM
Relative newbie here…
Recently, I’ve seen some pictures of some projects that looked like walnut or even cocobolo, but come to find out, was pine. My window sashes and jambs in my house are pine (aluminum clad on the outside) but my casing is oak. I managed to figure out a formula where I first applied diluted shellac and applied some stain to the pine in order to get it to match the golden oak finish I was using on the casing. The color is near identical.
Typically, oak typically has a honeyed color. Maple is very light. Walnut is dark. Cherry has some reddish hues (at least what I’ve seen here… might have been before the wood has ‘aged’ a significant period of time).
So, here is the crux of my question: If you were to pick one wood species, knowing you could stain it to “simulate” other wood species (at least at first glance), what species would you use?
FYI, I am looking to save some money on a large project. I like the look of Cherry, but can’t really afford that at this time for this project. Like I said before, I’ve done some good color matching with pine, but, maybe I’d like something harder/heavier. Dunno, I could be talked into about anything. Give me your opinions if you have time to spare them.