Does Baltic berch get darker with age

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Does Baltic berch get darker with age?

I just made the box on the right not sure if it’s just the different wood suppliers or if it gets darker

Left is Baltic birch from Lowes right is higher quality Baltic birch from Russian

I like the color of the left, maybe just need a light oak stain to match

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 02:09 AM

You’re going to play hell matching that, trust me.

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 02:38 AM

I think it can a bit, I’ve also noticed one side being darker then the other.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 01:59 PM

Are you sure? What you got at Lowes is Baltic Birch. My local Lowes has Birch plywood. Not to be confused with Baltic Birch. BB is near perfectly void free and has more plies/sheet. From my understanding it’s not Baltic Birch unless it is manufactured in the Baltic area of the world (i.e. Russia).

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 02:08 PM

Like cherry, birch (both plywood and solid wood) will darken through exposure to the sun.

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#5 posted 07-18-2016 02:23 PM

All my BB comes from the same supplier. I’ve never noticed any variation in color. There are pieces in my shop over 5 years old that haven’t darkened. Full sheets are stored in an enclosed building and don’t darken. That stuff is too dear to leave out in the sun, so I don’t know if sun affects it’s color.

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#6 posted 07-18-2016 06:55 PM

There are different species of Birch which have different colorings. I have noticed that domestic (USA) Birch is much darker that imported Baltic Birch.

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#7 posted 07-18-2016 07:29 PM

The stuff from Lowes is not Baltic birch. I think that the stuff I got from them that was dark like was actually a Chinese species if I recall. The quality is not nearly as good as the true baltic birch—lots of voids and I am not sure that anything but the outside plys are actually birch. See if it still has the sticker. It may tell you where it was made which will give you a good guess what species it is.

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