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#1 posted 11-15-2019 03:19 PM

It’s possible that you can match the color of the stain and/or the grain with another species of wood. If so—perfect—but….if the match is off it may be obvious or even distracting. You should definitely test the color of the stain with a test piece.

Another option may be to make the bottom a totally different color. Perhaps with paint or a dye (as therealSteveN suggested). Maybe the contrast will add some interest. This approach will make color matching unnecessary and may reduce grain matching needs.

A dye can add some interest and will not cover up the grain like paint. Here are some drawer fronts I dyed. Once I add a little oil and poly it darkens the color a little, but you can still see the grain. The dye goes into the wood rather than sitting on top of it.

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