red birch vs. natural birch

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Forum topic by Ben posted 06-29-2016 04:42 PM 757 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2016 04:42 PM

Hi Gang,

I’ve never worked with Birch before.

I’m building a kitchen for someone and they have chosen a “natural Birch” from Walzcraft for doors and drawers/fronts.

I am building the carcasses and wanted to also make the face frames, so that I could more accurately order doors/drawers. But I’ll have to match the finish from Walzcraft.

In any case, I went to the lumber yard today to pick out 4/4 rough birch for the face frames. And now I realize I culled for mostly heartwood. Did not realize that “natural Birch” meant sapwood. Right? I assumed the “natural” was describing the finish on the sample we received.

So do I need to go back and get sapwood? Or might it look OK to combine a Red Birch face frame with natural birch doors/drawers? The lumber yard is far enough away that it would be a significant loss.


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#1 posted 06-30-2016 02:51 AM

Red birch looks awesome finished! What is the cost of the heartwood vs the sapwood at the lumberyard because here I would pay $7.50 per board ft for red and $3.30 for white of course this is pricing from 3 years back. But if the price difference is significant it may pay for itself. Regardless its worth checking out.

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#2 posted 06-30-2016 04:07 AM

Sometimes contrasting woods for panels and frames can look good. See what your clients think.

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