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Forum topic by mnausa posted 01-27-2014 02:46 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2014 02:46 PM

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This came from a furniture store. I think it is cherry with a cherry stain. Am I correct?

-- Mike, Mississippi, www.facebook.com/pages/Wood-b-Perfect/169836013081912


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#1 posted 01-27-2014 02:52 PM

It looks like a dye or a highly pigmented clear finish, probably lacquer.

There’s no telling what’s under it—could even be MDF.

As for “cherry stain”, that varies by the coatings manufacturer.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 02:54 PM

I’m no expert but I don’t think that is cherry. No grain! Probably poplar or other soft wood. May not even be wood, could be MDF.
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#3 posted 01-27-2014 02:58 PM

If it’s from a furniture store, you can bet that it is NOT cherry.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 03:04 PM

I would have to say that the lack of any grain inherent in the wood is an indication that it is not cherry. Most mass-produced furniture uses MDF or a cheaper hardwood such as popular. The furniture that I have seen constructed of cherry almost always has it’s grain structure very apparent in the piece. Cherry furniture is prized for it’s color, but also for it’s distinct grain structure, and a furniture builder would almost be sure of being able to show those characteristics off in the piece and not cover it up with the finish.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 03:28 PM

Really difficult to tell anything from that picture. There’s so much noise and the lighting is poor, the grain could be completely obscured, assuming it’s there at all. From the looks of it, there’s nothing that would indicate cherry. Could be just brown paint for all we know. I’ll give the furtiture store a little bit of a benefit of a doubt though. If they say it’s cherry and not cherry-colored (although even with a cherry color, I picture something lighter and redder), I’d say probably veneer – definitely not solid cherry. Even then though, not sure why someone would waste money on a cherry veneer and then completely obscure the grain.

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 03:32 PM

My first thought was MDF!

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 03:35 PM

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 03:38 PM

Doubt it’s cherry, no-one in their right mind would make cherry look like that I.e. totally obscure the grain.

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 03:53 PM

One of my cherry kitchen cabinet I made this year. This is the beauty of cherry. This has just 4 coats of clear poly acrylic on it.

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 05:08 PM

really doesn’t even look like wood, cherry would cost an arm and leg, alot of that stuff is soft maple dyed to look like cherry that’s what lowes and home depot cabinets are, woodcraft makes the cabinets for the box stores all soft maple dyed to look like domestic hardwoods

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 03:52 AM

Craftsman,

Very beautiful work!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#12 posted 01-29-2014 06:55 PM

Thanks a bunch for all the input. Really makes a difference to be able to turn to such talent and experience.

-- Mike, Mississippi, www.facebook.com/pages/Wood-b-Perfect/169836013081912

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 08:08 PM

I doubt it is solid wood, but if it is solid wood then it is probably is poplar or Asian mystery wood. More likely it is particle board or MDF. There is not one shred of grain showing, it may as well be plastic.

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#14 posted 01-29-2014 08:21 PM

My vote is for sale! I will swear it is a cherry on top of chicken stove top stuffing flavored ice cream if you give me enough incentive!

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 08:49 PM

It’s just like leather or leather products. If it’s real leather you can bet there’s gonna be a stamp on it somewhere that says “genuine leather” on it. If it’s not leather they’ll do everything they can to fool you into believe it is leather short of stamping it with the “genuine leather” stamp. I’ve even seen “genuine leatherette” stamped on fake leather…

Furniture store would advertise your wood as solid cherry wood and make SURE everyone knew it by the price, if it was actually cherry.

If it’s covered with an opaque stain or dye you can pretty much bet it’s NOT solid cherry.

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