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Forum topic by Alan S posted 09-20-2010 03:08 AM 3827 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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09-20-2010 03:08 AM

I’m looking to match some store-bought furniture. What I’ve got is probably stained poplar, but it’s not terribly blotchy. What is a relatively cheap wood that will take stain well and also has a closed/tight grain pattern? Oak would definitely not work. Thanks!

Alan


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#1 posted 09-20-2010 04:28 AM

Sorry Alan,

You don’t give enough information to make a suggestion. What are you creating? Can you post a picture of the piece you want to match?

-- vicrider

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 04:05 PM

I was really looking for a general answer. It seems like every cheap wood blotches: Poplar, alder, ash, pine… I did take some pictures of what I’m trying to match, though.

Here’s the front corner:
Front

and here’s the top:
Top

I’m confidant I can pick a stain or combination of stains to get the color, but it’s the wood selection I’d like to nail down.

Thanks!
Alan

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 06:46 PM

Hi Alan,

It’s hard to tell, but it looks close to alder. It doesn’t look like poplar. The grain is too pronounced for birch or maple, and too tight for walnut or ash. I doubt you would get a satisfactory result with pine.

I think I would try a few test pieces of alder using a conditioner to control blotching, or a seal coat first followed by multiple coats of toned finish.

-- vicrider

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 11:02 PM

Thanks vicrider!

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