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08-03-2016 08:48 PM

Ok, so I thought I knew something, but I no nothing.

Let me start here.

I’m a beginner here. I’ve been making little things here and there, and lastly I completed a table, but it was made from an old barn door. So the I bought some old reclaimed wood that ended up being maple, and the apron is oak. But it’s the rustic reclaimed look and it turned out well.

However! I am working on making a small coffee table. I’m making the base out of red oak found at the box store and for the table top, i’m not sure. This isn’t going to be “fine furniture” but I do want it to last, and look good in the process.

I could complete it in red oak but after spending time on this site, I’m not sure how that will look, or if it’s recommended? I do know enough that I don’t want to use pine, but I don’t have a ton of options locally (that I know of really). Due to my lack of tools, the reclaimed wood stuff won’t really work, so boards that are already squared up would work for me. What would be the most common go to, and where are people getting there lumber from?

If I use home depot my options are poplar, oak, and maybe maple? Would those work in the future? sorry, lot’s of questions.


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ki7hy

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 08:55 PM

Where are you located?

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 08:57 PM

Oh wow, this story takes me back to when I was building my first coffee table. I debated on alder, but finally settled on quarter sawn red oak. The tab at the hardwood store was $500. While I have found cheaper sources for hardwood, I am still hooked on quartersawn oak (mostly white oak now).

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#3 posted 08-03-2016 09:01 PM

Oak will certainly work just fine and look great on the top in combination with the oak base. I generally prefer the whole piece to be made from the same wood, though others like to combine woods. So it will look and work fine. It would also work fine to do the top from maple or poplar. So your HD wood will work fine, but you’ll pay 2-5x more than you would at a local Craigslist sawyer or a real hardwood lumberyard.
Just curious, but what gave you the impression that something wouldn’t work if you did the top from red oak? There will be expansion/contraction issues that you need to account for, but that’t true for any table top made from solid wood.

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#4 posted 08-03-2016 09:02 PM

Well, for your first question….I would probably stick to making the top out of Red Oak, as well. You really don’t want to mix woods, unless you’re going for a contrasting look…. i.e. stained, finished top with painted legs, etc.

Your options at HD are kinda slim….but I believe they also sell Aspen, which is a clear, closed-grain, moderately stable lumber which will take paint or finish. You might look at that for future projects.

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#5 posted 08-03-2016 09:14 PM

I’m located in Columbus, Ohio. There’s got to be something other than woodcraft. They’re helpful and nice but I to buy their boards I still need to square them up ( I need at least a good planet I’m finding).

I read that red oak can’t be made to look like anything other than red oak and I wasn’t sure if that’s desirable for building something like this.

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#6 posted 08-03-2016 09:32 PM

I’m in AZ but a really quick Google search netted these….I’m sure there are more. Some may not be public some probably are. Some might suck, some might not. Like I said, there are probably far more. You are paying a fortune for the BORG lumber, of course, milled lumber anywhere will be pricey. Mayb a planer will do you well? Even a hand plane? Just a thought.

As for the Red oak…enjoy your coffee table and use a coaster.

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#7 posted 08-03-2016 09:38 PM



I m located in Columbus, Ohio. There s got to be something other than woodcraft. They re helpful and nice but I to buy their boards I still need to square them up ( I need at least a good planet I m finding).

I read that red oak can t be made to look like anything other than red oak and I wasn t sure if that s desirable for building something like this.

- gdiddy13

What so you want the R Oak to look like?

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gdiddy13

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#8 posted 08-04-2016 01:24 AM

For some reason, a lumber yard did not cross my mind. I assumed they only carried big stuff that would not be of use to me.

I went back and read the thread, it’s that oak can only look like oak. Whereas you can make some woods look like something else, if that makes sense? I’m not to that point, so it’s not that important to me I guess.

I guess I’ll check out a lumber yard, hoping they carry some shorter stuff as my two door can’t haul more than 84”.

Hope that going forward I will be able to help others. I just don’t know anyone that does woodworking, and you guys are my go to. So far the woodworking community has been fantastic!

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#9 posted 08-04-2016 01:30 AM

This place is awesome and we all have to learn. The lumber yard will have a saw…or two and can make some cuts for you. Or bring a handsaw or cordless circular saw with you. I’m not mentioning any names here but I know a guy who had cut some wood with an old Disston to shove in a car when my….errr….his truck broke down.

You might struggle to find decent size piece in surfaced lumber at the yards though. Just a heads up on that. My main one only has small pieces of surfaced stuff, just about any size of the rough stuff you want since it’s sold in BF.

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#10 posted 08-04-2016 01:41 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I don’t have much of a choice with the surfaced lumber. If it’s close, I can have it planed for a fee, but it’s an option. I really need to learn about hand planes and how to use them as I don’t have the space or money for a planer.

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#11 posted 08-04-2016 02:30 AM


For some reason, a lumber yard did not cross my mind. I assumed they only carried big stuff that would not be of use to me.

I went back and read the thread, it s that oak can only look like oak. Whereas you can make some woods look like something else, if that makes sense? I m not to that point, so it s not that important to me I guess.

I guess I ll check out a lumber yard, hoping they carry some shorter stuff as my two door can t haul more than 84”.

Hope that going forward I will be able to help others. I just don t know anyone that does woodworking, and you guys are my go to. So far the woodworking community has been fantastic!

- gdiddy13

You can make any wood look like some other wood with dye and stain, AS long as the grain pattern is the same, easy examples Poplar to Walnut, Birch to Cherry, flat sawn oak would be tough, but I think flat sawn Oak is ugly, Q sawn has character, White Oak flat sawn is nice.
I have made Ash look like oak minus the open pores of Red Oak, easier to make it look like White Oak, pores are less open.

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