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03-31-2017 12:00 AM

Hi there. I’m hoping someone can help me identify the type of wood this desk is made of (top, drawer faces)? I was told it was likely Maple, but now that I’ve stripped it I’m not so sure. I know the company who produced it (Leopold) used Maple in many of their products, but that they also used Oak and Walnut. That said, I want to be as sure as I can before staining it. Can someone help? I’d sure appreciate it. Side note, how do you think it’d look with a natural finish?

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 12:22 AM

Im leanin walnut. Natural. Yaasssss.

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 01:41 AM

Yep, walnut. A good natural oil finish will make that look killer.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 10:35 AM

I’d say butternut … also known as white or grey walnut. I made Jefferson boxes (years ago)  with butternut and pine finished with boiled linseed oil and shellac … they look great!

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 11:51 AM

Walnut… a natural finish or a good oil (unless the pores are closed by the previous finish) would make it pop.

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 12:54 PM


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#6 posted 03-31-2017 01:11 PM

Thanks guys. Sounds like it’s safe to say that it’s NOT Maple then? Couple more while we’re at it:

- Would you worry much about those narrow drawer partitions in finishing? They’re of a softer wood, possibly pine. Not that conspicuous given their size, though.

- Should I treat the veneer front and sides different than the top and drawer faces?

- And to Craftsman on the Lake, my assumption is that the previous finish (below) indeed closed up the pores. Was heavy stuff. No oil in that case? And if I use oil, I assume I can still seal that with something, too, yes?

Thanks again for all the help. Having a blast doing this stuff.

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