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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 08-15-2011 06:33 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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08-15-2011 06:33 PM

I want to replace the carpeted stairs in my home with cherry treads and risers to “go with” my engineered Bruce hardwood floors. In shopping for cherry (it’s less expensive than the engineered hardwood and trim pieces) I’m having trouble finding wide enough cherry without a lot of sapwood. My question to you all, is there a good hard (read durable) substitute for cherry you can recommend? I can resaw and book match the cherry I see out there to cut off the sap wood but it seems like a waste of money. I can also edge join but I don’t want to see the difference in figure of the two boards. If there is a substitute that I can dye or stain to look like cherry, that might be a better choice. Any advice?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 08-15-2011 11:21 PM

I have never done it, but I have heard ash works well; you may try experimenting with some.

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 01:47 AM

Thanks Nomad62,
I think I have some ash lying around. I’m guessing it’s harder than cherry. Think I’ll try making it look like cherry.

-- Ken

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 03:21 AM

No. Not ash, imo. Maple, birch, beech. All tight grained woods. You can
stain them to look sort-of like cherry.

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 03:31 AM

I also would think that ash has too much grain to be a good cherry substitute.

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 04:00 AM

Loren,
What do you recommend?

-- Ken

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 06:03 PM

I’m with Loren on this one. Try some birch or maple—the grain patterns are very similar to cherry. On ash, the open pores will be a problem both texturally and aesthetically.

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#7 posted 08-17-2011 12:20 AM

Sure didn’t mean to send you a bum steer newwoodbutcher, like I said I haven’t done it, just heard it works well. Best of luck with whatever you use.

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#8 posted 08-17-2011 08:58 AM

Hey Nomad62, Thank you for responding to my question. I took it as it was offered, as something you heard. That’s the beauty of this forum, people participate to be helpful. After reading the other posts I feel more informed; don’t you? Thank you again for your participation in helping me and others learn more about this craft.
Ken

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