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05-18-2015 05:25 PM

I’m not sure what type of wood is in this photo.

Any ideas?


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#1 posted 05-18-2015 05:46 PM

You’re going to need a much better picture, it’s impossible to tell with that.

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 05:47 PM

It’s hard to say from the angle of the photo. Plus it looks like it’s had some type of stain or paint treatment done to it to make it looked weathered. Honestly my first initial thought was it looks like some type of cheap veneered particle board furniture.

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 06:37 PM

looks suspiciously like Italian chepabordie.Alistair

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 06:55 PM

Could be about any dam thing.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 07:04 PM

I agree with Alistair, however could be Spanish or Portuguese.

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 07:05 PM

I would bet a cold beer that it is MDF

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 07:07 PM

Thanks guys, I should have phrased the question differently I guess…

What wood should I use in order to get to a similar finished look?

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 07:15 PM

OK, that’s different. My guesses would be pine or poplar or soft maple and experimenting with a “driftwood” stain or MDF and a suitable laminate.

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 07:18 PM

Id go maple or beech as they are lighter colored woods. It depends on what kind of finish youd like to use too. Most any polyurethane tops coats will yellow lumber a little bit.

Id suggest finding a piece of lumber that you like grain, texture, and color wise and let us know of its intended use and from there we might be able to suggest a finish for you that will work for its purpose.

Some light colored woods are maple, beech, poplar.

Some yellowish woods are oak, ash, pine.

Darker colored woods are cherry, walnut, mahogany.

There are a myriad of different colored exotic woods.

They all differ in their properties for workability and hardness as well.

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#10 posted 05-22-2015 04:21 PM

Old growth formica?

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#11 posted 05-22-2015 04:26 PM

I would recreate this look with soft maple. It can have a significant color variation in the grain, depending on the board. To deliberately rusticate it, I would include knots on purpose. For corners and such, if you want to darken them, you can play with dyes and the unequal absorption of end grain.

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#12 posted 05-22-2015 04:26 PM

The Chanel book makes me think classic maple. But the votive candles and hydrangea arrangement might indicate Ash.

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