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11-14-2018 06:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lumber light blonde age hardwood domestic

Hi all! I’m in need of some suggestions—for a project I’m working on, I’m looking for a type of light/blonde domestic hardwood that is still on the lighter side after aging. (As close to a fresh poplar color as I can get.) Is there any such thing? Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 06:18 PM

Maple, poplar, oak, ash. The finish, as well as the lumber type, will affect the color. Shellac turns orange, lacquers turn yellow.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 06:25 PM

ditto! my first choice would be maple.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 07:02 PM

I have had similar experience with shellac & lacquer – better results with water based polyacrylic. The wood suggested are the likely choices.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 07:21 PM

Is this for indoor or outdoor use?

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 08:00 PM

Quarter sawn sycamore is another consideration.

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#6 posted 11-14-2018 08:47 PM

Gotta throw hickory (pecan) in there… It’s got color variation, but overall fairly light.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 11-14-2018 09:40 PM

What is the project? Some woods are better suited for certain things.

I like poplar. I wouldn’t use it on a dining table unless it’s rustic.

I was picking up my lumber the other day and seen some really nice wood I didn’t recognize at first. Asked what it was, Hickory. Except it was from a particular part of the country (don’t remember where) and it didn’t have any streaks in it. Gorgeous light wood.

Someday when things slow a little, I may design something for that wood cause I thought that much of it.

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#8 posted 11-14-2018 10:00 PM

I am partial to Birch,,, but then I did have a domestic supply a while back (A few planks left)! Tends to be a bit harder to finish than Maple? As far as Poplar, lovely wood to work with and finish, Shellac finish and maybe some clear wax.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 11-14-2018 10:31 PM

Try the wood finder on the Wood Database site

+1 indoor/outdoor use makes a big difference.
Heavy UV exposure can change wood colors, and adds color to most top coats. Keeping an outdoor project in full sun ‘white’ and well protected from weather is near impossible, unless you paint it white.

+1 Intended purpose, or project is important also.
There are some ‘white’ woods like Holly, Aspen, Buckeye, or Cottonwood, that tend to be lighter than more common domestic species, like maple or ash; but they are not very strong. Would not use them for table top, but they are fine used in picture frame, some small hanging curio shelves, or turning projects.

+1 For indoor project, choice of finish has large impact on aging color changes for most ‘white’ woods. Finishes that change color the least are the water borne acrylic types, commonly called ‘water white’ finish. Many mfg produce these types of finishes, with GF polyacrylic most common at wood working stores. Note majority of the water borne acrylics are made to the sprayed, and not brush applied.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#10 posted 11-16-2018 02:32 PM

Thanks everyone! I appreciate your quick responses. Awesome suggestions, some of which I actually have on hand, too! Love it!

Btw, I neglected to say it’s for a router candy dish I designed. (Don’t judge or roll your eyes! I’m a novice, and this is all the talent I can muster right now!)

It’ll probably get light use—wrapped candy or maybe just displayed.


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