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George Garvin

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#1 posted 04-13-2019 02:37 AM

As someone who uses walnut and alder stained with GF Antique Walnut gel stain, that definitely looks like walnut to me.

Alder stained won’t have the pronounced grain patterns or the variation between heart and sap woods. Here is stained alder(dark cause in laundry room shelf)


Yes, I believe you hit the nail on the head. Alder is too even-grained to pull this off; the wood in the photos has very pronounced short, dark grain striations all throughout. At first, I thought it could also have been something like African Mahogany, but I think walnut is the deal here.

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