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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 258 days ago 461 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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yellowtruck75

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258 days ago

I got a request from a potential client to build several banquet tables with casters. Their previous set of table got real beat up for this time they would like something tougher. What would you suggest for a very durable but stainable wood? I was thinking hard maple but I know it is difficult to stain.


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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 258 days ago

Red Oak?

Birch?

How do they want it stained?

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#2 posted 258 days ago

Poplar is very underated imho and is cheap compared to other woods. What were the last ones made of?

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#3 posted 258 days ago

Poplar does Finish very well using stains, etc.
I love Poplar… nice to work with too…

... somehow, I didn’t get a vibe for poplar…

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#4 posted 257 days ago

What I am wondering about is how the tables are used. Every banquet I have been to, they have a table cloth on the table. If they do the same, why buy expensive wood no one will see. For the cost, you could build it out of MDF or particle board, put plastic t-mold on the edge and be done. The most expensive part will be the leg hardware. You could use the legs from the previous ones if they are still good.

Again why invest in expensive wood when it will just be covered up? What is their price point they are thinking about?

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#5 posted 257 days ago

I guess it’s all compared to what wood they had before,but any of the hard woods like Oak,maple,cherry are kind of standards for table tops among hundreds more woods to choose from.

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#6 posted 257 days ago

For a project like this, I would prefer walnut and use no stain. Just put on a strong polyurethane finish. It holds up well. Besides, walnut is a good wood to work with.

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#7 posted 256 days ago

I am going to quote a price for walnut, cherry, and/or maple with an oil finish and then another price for ash with a stained finish.

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