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Forum topic by Pixelpusher posted 11-28-2017 01:45 PM 180 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pixelpusher

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11-28-2017 01:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mango lumber

So I’m a fairly new woodworker, wrapping up my first bookcase and looking at a lift-top coffee table for my next adventure. My wife and I love an overpriced retail piece that I’d like to emulate (and maybe improve upon) on my own.

The table in question is https://www.westelm.com/products/rustic-storage-coffee-table-g569/

They call it “raw mango”, which may well be true, but it seems to be a little hard to find. I’ve mostly bought “select pine” from Home Depot in the past, so I don’t really know the ins and outs here, but basic googling didn’t turn up much in terms of places selling mango wood retail. Most of what I find looks nothing like what’s in the product photo.

My question is this:
In terms of getting something comparable visually in grain and color, but also doable in terms of price, workability, and availability—what are some good species to go with here?

-- Pixels by day, sawdust by night


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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 11-28-2017 02:53 PM

Is it your intention to leave it unfinished or possibly with just a wax finish? Among readily available woods, Poplar can have nice grain patterns and color and be inexpensive. Cherry would be nice for that project, having a closed grain, but cost more. There are plenty of other woods, but sourcing would take more effort.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 11-28-2017 03:26 PM


Is it your intention to leave it unfinished or possibly with just a wax finish?

...probably? I’ve only ever finished with either painting or stain/poly, but even a matte poly would have more shine to it than I’d like.

-- Pixels by day, sawdust by night

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 03:48 PM


Is it your intention to leave it unfinished or possibly with just a wax finish?

...probably? I ve only ever finished with either painting or stain/poly, but even a matte poly would have more shine to it than I d like.

- Pixelpusher

Well you can pick up a piece of poplar at HD and do some testing on it. Poplar is easy to work. It’s common to use it for painted furniture, but can have some really nice looking and dramatic grain patterns if left unpainted. You can also experiment with stains, though it can be prone blotching. Experimenting with the finish first might tell you if you can achieve the look you’re after. As for a protective finish, water-base poly in a satin/matte finish might be the look you’re after. It will not change the color of the wood that’s either been stained or left unstained.

Here are projects on LJs using poplar.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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