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Forum topic by Mammatus posted 01-29-2014 05:09 PM 923 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2014 05:09 PM

I’m considering a furniture project, and I’m after a certain color and appearance. Since I’m somewhat of a beginner, I’m not good at identifying woods and finishes yet, but hoping I might get a little guidance here.

What I’m looking for is the species of wood shown in these photos:

This is the best photo I can find that most closely shows what look I’m after:

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 05:19 PM

First one looks like old growth clear Douglas Fir. The second pic is definitely White or Red oak, though white Oak will give you more the color of the two pictures than red oak. Some of that oak in the pic is quartersawn which is where you get the light diagonal streaks in the wood. These are the medulary rays of the wood.

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 01:43 AM

Greg – thank you so much for the reply. Leaning toward going with QS white oak.

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 04:26 AM

White Oak is a good choice. It won’t be quite as pink as the first photo up top, but it’ll match real closely to the second picture.

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 05:11 AM

I can’t see the pics real well. A possibility is rift sawn oak. Gives the linear grain without the rays seen in the footboard panels in pic 2.

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