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Jim

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02-08-2016 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood white light color nordic shelves

Hey friends, I’m about to order wood species for a big job. The lumber will be used for shelving in a Scandinavian inspired beer garden / restaurant. The interior will be very danish with a touch of american barn ish feel inside. Lots of light tile, painted brick, etc.

He wants the shelves to be very light in color. I recommended white oak, possibly whitewashing it. He is a little weery, and I’m not helping that feeling I think.

I need your help. What are your thoughts? Beech? Maple?

Here is an idea or two of what he likes

thanks in advanace everyone

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI | www.YouTube.com/user/RivertownWoodcraft


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#1 posted 02-08-2016 03:11 PM

Maple is usually my go to wood for light durable wood.

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 03:22 PM

light tone or white tone?

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 03:26 PM

White would be great. Or light grey.

Just not yellow once finished. I’ve been thinking about water based finishes, since it tends not to yellow the wood. Not sure yet though.


light tone or white tone?

- tomsteve


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#4 posted 02-08-2016 04:36 PM

If you want light colored, go with maple or Holly. Beech is more of a medium yellower tone.

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 05:16 PM



If you want light colored, go with maple or Holly. Beech is more of a medium yellower tone.

- jmartel

yup. iirc, holly is the whitest of woods with maple next, which the whiteness of maple can be different between trees and (i think) drying conditions.

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 06:24 PM


If you want light colored, go with maple or Holly. Beech is more of a medium yellower tone.

- jmartel

yup. iirc, holly is the whitest of woods with maple next, which the whiteness of maple can be different between trees and (i think) drying conditions.

- tomsteve

Really good info, thanks!

I just checked with my distributor, looks like they have “white” soft maple, where they pull sapwood specifically. This should be good to check out more perhaps.

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Jim

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 01:53 AM

I would go with maple or yellow poplar (without the green heartwood). An oil finish will “yellow” it whether it be a penetrating oil or an oil based varnish. Water based finish will help, but consider fine sanding it and not apply any “finish” at all. Guaranteed to remain white if you do that.

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 01:58 AM

Scandinavian screams birch to me. Maple would be a good alternative.

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 02:33 AM


I just checked with my distributor, looks like they have “white” soft maple
- Jim

Hopefully that works for you. In my experience, soft maple is slightly more red or tan than hard maple, the stuff around here anyway.

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 03:46 AM

For white, I like ash. Bleach it for an even more dramatic effect.

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 01:49 PM


I just checked with my distributor, looks like they have “white” soft maple
- Jim

Hopefully that works for you. In my experience, soft maple is slightly more red or tan than hard maple, the stuff around here anyway.

- Rick M.

good info. Even the white?


For white, I like ash. Bleach it for an even more dramatic effect.

- JAAune

I’m looking into this now. Was on my short list a while ago, revisiting it I should say

I’m also looking in to General Finishes White Wash. Anyone have experience with that?

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI | www.YouTube.com/user/RivertownWoodcraft

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#12 posted 02-09-2016 02:23 PM

See if your dealer has European Steamed Beech… It doesn’t get more Scandanavian.

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#13 posted 02-09-2016 02:47 PM


See if your dealer has European Steamed Beech… It doesn t get more Scandanavian.

- OggieOglethorpe

oooh! Not sure they do… But that’s awesome. Sounds classy

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI | www.YouTube.com/user/RivertownWoodcraft

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#14 posted 02-09-2016 03:34 PM

I like Beech. It just may not be light enough with a finish. I’m making end tables out of it now.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#15 posted 02-11-2016 05:27 PM

Quaking aspen is very white with little noticeable grain and available in much larger sizes than holly. It’s fairly soft though (janka 350). If dings in the shelf would be seen as “character” then good. If not, it may not be hard enough.

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