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I have a project coming up the customer wants me to match the wood in this bed. Looking for some help. I do know this is an old bed, guessin 100 years maybe. Looking for opinions how to achieve.

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#1 posted 02-27-2015 03:50 AM

IMHO, it’s beautiful!

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 03:59 AM

I’m going to guess poplar.

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 04:39 AM

Judging by the blotchiness of the finish I am saying pine.

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 04:57 AM

Same here

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#5 posted 02-27-2015 04:29 PM

Alder also stains like that. Pine is probably more common, especially if it was built on the east coast, but alder is a possibility.

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#6 posted 02-27-2015 04:32 PM

+1 for pine.

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#7 posted 02-27-2015 04:33 PM

I think probably pine. It’s beautiful.

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#8 posted 02-27-2015 06:22 PM

Thanks for the comments so far. Those I had talked to before posting said popular or chestnut. I had not considered pine. I guess because there are no knots. Something this old might not have had knots like today.

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#9 posted 02-27-2015 09:49 PM

I think it is not chestnut nor poplar. I think it is just stained pine.

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#11 posted 02-27-2015 10:20 PM

Stained, or originally painted then stripped? Is it all one wood, considering that it was originally surely painted? It doesn’t look like a single kind of wood to me. The board under the wing ornament looks like a nice hardwood, while the boards under it look to be a different wood. The details look too crisp to be centruy-old beat up pine.

You’d have to see it in person, but from the picture I’d guess mixed lighter hardwoods, one or more of poplar (ie, tuliptree), chestnut, sweetgum. Is it from the South?

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#12 posted 02-27-2015 10:24 PM

I don’t think poplar.

i am thinking Maple or gumwood.
Sweetgum /Red gum was used often as a go to “universal wood” by furniture makers for the first half of the 20th century.
Sweet Gum

RED – gum

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#13 posted 02-28-2015 01:17 PM

After talking to the customer more, it was made by her great great grandfather. It could verywell be 150 years old. To her knowledge it had not been refinished, ever. Again thanks for the help. This will be a process.

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#14 posted 02-28-2015 02:21 PM

I’m not really good at this subject but looks like a mixture. I can see possible popular and may be pine. I would love to know what stain would give it the color your going to have to match. Hope you’ll post it when done.

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#15 posted 02-28-2015 03:49 PM

Don’t really know The blotching makes me think maple as 1st choice. Pine does the same, but I think the wood is too clear ( no knots). I am not sure on Adler, but I think it also blotches. I haven’t used sweet gum, but maybe that is it.

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