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Forum topic by Rickterscale posted 01-09-2012 10:28 AM 2583 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2012 10:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

Hi all, I was hoping you could help me out here. I’ve acquired this old radio that I’m refinishing. There are a couple places where the veneer needs to be patched, but I’m not sure of the wood species, so I don’t know what to buy. At first I thought it was walnut. But after stripping the finish the wood looks too light to be walnut. I know walnut lightens with age, but does it lighten that much? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Anybody have any ideas what wood this is?

Here’s a pic of the radio before stripping:

Here’s a pic I found online of the same model in better condition:

Here’s a pic after stripping and sanding the finish:

The last couple pics show the veneer with some alcohol wiped on to bring out the wood color.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 04:59 PM

I don’t what the species of veneer is BUT, I do know someone who does! Go here and call the shop in Mendon NY.
I’ve been to his shop (my neighborhood) and his restoration work is superb!

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 06:03 PM

It looks like 3 totally different colors, so I can’t tell you which state is raw wood to guess at what kind of wood it is.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 06:55 PM

The third, middle, picture is the one that most accurately represents the wood in raw state. Thanks.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 08:10 PM

The main part looks like walnut to me, but it’s hard to be sure.

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 08:22 PM

I would guess walnut, and it does lighten a lot over time!

We installed walnut flooring on the main floor of our home, I cannot believe after 11 years how much lighter it has gotten.

It was prefinished and I never expected the change to be this drastic.

You have a beautiful piece there, all the best!

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 08:39 PM

My guess is Walnut too; particularly the sanded shot from above. Whatever it is, it’s absolutely fantastic.

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 08:39 PM

By looking at the raw wood photo, my first reaction is butternut.

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 01:07 AM

Looks like cherry to me, which I believe darkens over time, hence the brownish hue.

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 01:11 AM

My first impression was Cherry… Sanding lightens it up a lot. It takes a few weeks after finishing to regain its reddish patina.

EDIT: It looks like the original finish perhaps had a brown color stain in it.

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 06:52 AM

I also think that it is walnut.

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