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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 04-26-2007 04:46 AM 1432 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2007 04:46 AM

I love to work with Walnut, Spanish Cedar, and Mahogany. As you know, they aren’t very cheap and to buy enough for a large project is tough on my budget. I am aware that no matter what kind of stain you put on pine for example, it won’t look like Walnut. My question is, have you found some good “disguises”? What cheap lumber accepts stain to mimic the good stuff the best? I can get quality pine and red oak for less than $2BF. I pay over $6 for Peruvian Walnut.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 04-26-2007 05:00 AM

Have you tried poplar? It is a “hardwood.” I believe that many professional companies use it and stain it to mimic other woods.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 06-11-2007 06:21 PM

That was going to be my suggestion too Giz, or maybe Oak. While it may not have the grains of Walnut or Mahogany, it should take the color pretty well. Try a scrap piece and see if you like the way it looks. Remember, if it is not dark enough on the first time, you can re-stain it again to darken it.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 06-11-2007 06:37 PM

ok i am new here to this forum but i like it. so ill have to agree with the first poster i use popler all the time and am able to make it look like almost any thing i want just use good finishing preferd method is to sand to about 180 grit i know some would argu to go finer. i dont pre stain popler. stain it , and then put on a good varnish or a lacquer i prefer lacquer. i like to put on about 10 coates but i sprey my all my lacquer.
then give the piece its rubbing i start at 180 then go to 220 and so on. steal wool gives it a dull look finer sand paper and jewlers rughe will make it shiney but you may have already known that any ways hope that helps.

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#4 posted 06-11-2007 07:06 PM

I agree with poplar. It is a versitile hardwood that you can use to mimic a number of other woods. How you do it is up to you. jockmike

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#5 posted 06-11-2007 08:11 PM

Oak has the same grain structure as mahogany. (Open Pores) Popular is a closed pore wood. Of course you could go the veneer way. Put expensive veneer on cheaper substrates.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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