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Forum topic by joshtank posted 02-28-2011 04:40 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2011 04:40 PM

forgive this silly question. i’ve been tasked with making matching replacement drawers for this desk. first things first – i have no idea what type of wood it is..

i think it’s oak, but not red oak.. otherwise i have no idea..

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 02:32 AM

wow tough to say josh but the difference between read oak and white oak is that red oak is porous. If you take a look at the end grain and you see small holes its red, no holes its white. You’re supposed to even be able to blow through the end grain of red oak like a straw. A little sanding or a fresh cut on the end grain should give you an idea.

New drawers … hmm .. you could salvage the fronts of the existing drawers and use poplar or maple for the carcass. No stain matchin either.

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 06:27 AM

Josh, sweet name!! haha, any who, that drawer face looks like cherry…

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 07:48 AM

yeah. The back of the drawer face looks like cherry. Your pic
isn’t clear enough to saw what other drawer parts are.

Check to make sure you’re not dealing with veneer over solid

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 04:12 PM

This has been stained and it is hard to see the grain. If I were to guess I would say cherry but I would not wager any money on that guess. Second guess would be mahogany.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 04:25 PM

Kind of hard to tell from the pictures. Any possibility of getting some better pictures of the front and sides of the drawer?

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 04:26 PM

The whole thing looks like cherry to me but the drawer front almost certainly is. I have no idea what the drawer bottom is. That splotchy look of the tambours together with the overall color makes me think cherry all day. Howver, I could be being tricked, as you can see what looks like a stain line on the drawer side. I agree with above; I’d salvage the fronts & rebuild the drawers of poplar. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 03:57 AM

It does not look like oak (either red or white) to me. The grain is too fine. Even if the outside is oak, drawer carcasses are often made from a different wood (i.e maple, birch, cherry, sweet gum, poplar, etc). Can you make the drawer body of maple or cherry, and reuse the fronts?


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