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Forum topic by TheQueTip posted 09-01-2011 04:30 AM 942 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheQueTip

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09-01-2011 04:30 AM

Hello fellow LJ’s. I have been asked to help a friend rebuild / repair an antique hutch. There is a lot of damage from his uncle ‘cutting the hutch in half’ about 1 foot above where the bottom and top are mated together (don’t ask me why it was not separated where they are joined together…. just crazy) I have sanded the face, so you are looking at the unfinished surface.

I have reviewed a number of wood specie pictures, but still not sure I have identified what this wood is. (I have my belief, but do not want to taint my reviewers…..) Hoping someone reading this thread can help identify what I am looking at.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 06:15 AM

I’m thinking Beech with a toned finish.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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superstretch

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 04:49 PM

Quite possibly.. looks like its imitating cherry

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Durnik150

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 09:49 PM

My first impression was Mahogany of some variation. If it is Beesh as Sawkerf said, I would agree that the color has been altered.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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grizzman

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 07:38 PM

i think its maple with some stain on it or something that altered the color, but it sure looks like maple….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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willie

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 07:53 PM

Possibly birch?

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TheQueTip

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 06:41 PM

Thank you all for you help. Based on new information I have from the owner, he indicated that it was built in the 1920’s, and was built from lumber that resided on the property where it was constructed (i.e., native hardwood…..)

After taking a trip down to my local hardward dealers here in Austin, I have determined (along with the assistance from a couple of ‘older’ woodworkers) that it is Cherry…... I did not find many examples of an exact color match at the store until I visited the area where they sell trim products (cove, baseboard, chair rail, etc.) There I found a number of examples of the exact same grain and color of my sample piece.

The stock that I purchased was pretty close (grain wise) but a little lighter than that of the example. The owner wants the piece darker than lighter, so I should be able to do some color blending with the dyes/stains to make everything look the same… Well, that is the plan.

Again, thanks for everyones comments.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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superstretch

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 06:48 PM

If it is cherry, it will darken by itself.. Staining or dyeing it will be dicey since it blotches so easily. Definitely use some conditioner.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 09-12-2011 06:54 PM

could very well be maple judging by these photos

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JamesVavra

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#9 posted 09-12-2011 07:26 PM

Leave it out in the sun for a day, and it will darken significantly.
James

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richgreer

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#10 posted 09-12-2011 09:39 PM

You have to realize that no one on this board knows for certain what it is, including me.

I will only add the the grain (or lack of grain) says Mahogany to me. I also assume the color has been altered. Therefore, the color is of little value in solving this mystery.

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

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TheQueTip

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#11 posted 09-13-2011 05:22 AM

Thanks Garypr and gang. I will review the hutch wood and the cherry end grain from your illustration (I think I seen a picture on the web somewhere that showed very similiar detail for numorous woods).

While it might be an antique, there was so much damage from the individual ‘cutting it in half’.... that there is not antique value left. My goal now it to re-enforce the remaining components that are still in tact, rebuild the ruined areas to look original, and bring it back to its original color and tone. For the owner, it is less about it being an antique and more about the sentimental value of the relative that it came from.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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