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What type of wood is this?

by meedjmom
posted 02-16-2018 07:28 PM


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Andre

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 07:34 PM

Got to be Alder!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 09:22 PM

Close up photos would help.

Could be Lauan/mahogany veneer (if it is a veneer)

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meedjmom

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 10:55 PM

Thanks for the fast replies! Looking it up on the Internet, it sure looks like Alder. Here’s a closeup.

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#4 posted 02-17-2018 12:04 AM

[be aware that “alder” is a running joke answer on here whenever anyone asks “what kind of wood is this?”]

[I’m not saying it’s not alder, just saying that’s a typical response! Kinda looks like maple to me, but I am not an expert!!]

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#5 posted 02-17-2018 12:18 AM

It’s not Alder.
It’s more than likely Luan, which is just a generic name for one of dozens of different types of woods in the Shorea genus.
In a nutshell….It’s ‘fake’ Mahogany.
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/luan.htm

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 12:22 AM

I agree with Tony. Any alder answer should be blocked as its not funny,unhelpful and confusing for new members.

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#7 posted 02-17-2018 12:29 AM



I agree with Tony. Any alder answer should be blocked as its not funny,unhelpful and confusing for new members.

- diverlloyd

Let’s not get uptight about it, geez!! Have a little fun already!

Definitely alder!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#8 posted 02-17-2018 12:31 AM

Im in the mahogany of some sort group

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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meedjmom

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 06:48 PM

Oh, that made me feel foolish.

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meedjmom

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 06:49 PM

But I’m a big girl. I’m over it.

I really just want to know if the type of wood makes this a more or less expensive piece of furniture.

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#11 posted 02-17-2018 06:52 PM

less expensive

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 02-17-2018 07:10 PM

Only alder will make it more expensive. If it’s not alder it’s trash. You should probably burn it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 02-17-2018 07:28 PM

Stains come in a wide variety of colors and can also be mixed to achieve a custom color, if desired. Ordinarily, one would use the stain on a “test piece” in an effort to decide which stain best suited the final piece but it seems as if you don’t have that luxury. Be aware also, that if the top is just a veneer it may not take much sanding during your refinishing to work your way right through to the substrate. Go easy.

As for the “type” of wood? I’ve been duped myself by the Alder-Boys and have opted to throw in with them, mostly because I rarely have any clue when it come to wood species identification and because I think they’re fun. Alder is always my first answer to any “what kind” question, but resident Tony_S is has much more expertise than most folks you’ll find offering opinions.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#14 posted 02-17-2018 07:51 PM

I’ll go with Luan.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 02-17-2018 07:54 PM

Ripper, what stain could I use to give my maple table that alder look?

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#16 posted 02-17-2018 08:07 PM


Ripper, what stain could I use to give my maple table that alder look?

- caboxmaker

You must be new around here…

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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000

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#17 posted 02-17-2018 08:17 PM


Ripper, what stain could I use to give my maple table that alder look?

- caboxmaker

You must be new around here…

- Ripper70

LOL

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#18 posted 02-17-2018 09:17 PM



I really just want to know if the type of wood makes this a more or less expensive piece of furniture.

- meedjmom

Probably a less expensive piece, but that would only be a subjective guess without seeing and knowing more about it.

I’ve seen and done some pretty expensive work in Alder…..I think the stuff is garbage personally.
I wouldn’t insult a campfire with it ;)

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#19 posted 02-18-2018 12:15 AM


Ripper, what stain could I use to give my maple table that alder look?

- caboxmaker

You must be new around here…

- Ripper70

LOL

- jbay

I chortled. Not ashamed.

TonyS! That hurt on so many levels!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#20 posted 02-18-2018 01:25 AM

Alder…..I think the stuff is garbage personally.
I wouldn t insult a campfire with it ;)

- Tony_S


-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#21 posted 02-18-2018 04:12 AM

Here’s my progress. I have figured out that the piece was originally a Pottery Barn piece. Does that clue anyone in on what type of wood they typically use?

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#22 posted 02-18-2018 04:43 AM

According to the website is states: “Finely crafted of hardwood and veneers over MDF.” I think Tony_S has it right. Some kind of fake Mahogany.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#23 posted 02-18-2018 06:06 AM



According to the website is states: “Finely crafted of hardwood and veneers over MDF.” I think Tony_S has it right. Some kind of fake Mahogany.

- Ripper70

LOL! Of course Tony is right, something all you non Canadians need to know, Calgary considers itself superior to even “The Center of the Universe Toronto” ! Something to do with Edmonton becoming the capital of Alberta after a dirty Liberal trick many many years ago?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#24 posted 02-18-2018 03:32 PM

This worn out joke is not the least bit funny when it confuses a new member who hasn’t encountered the idiotic joke in the past.

I agree with Tony. Any alder answer should be blocked as its not funny,unhelpful and confusing for new members.

- diverlloyd

Let s not get uptight about it, geez!! Have a little fun already!

Definitely alder!

- Chris Cook


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#25 posted 02-18-2018 08:20 PM



Here’s my progress. I have figured out that the piece was originally a Pottery Barn piece. Does that clue anyone in on what type of wood they typically use?

- meedjmom

can you get a picture of the straight edges of the drop leafs?

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#26 posted 02-20-2018 05:18 PM

I believe that it is Indosesian rubberwood.

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/rubberwood.htm

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#27 posted 02-21-2018 05:18 AM


According to the website is states: “Finely crafted of hardwood and veneers over MDF.” I think Tony_S has it right. Some kind of fake Mahogany.

- Ripper70

LOL! Of course Tony is right, something all you non Canadians need to know, Calgary considers itself superior to even “The Center of the Universe Toronto” ! Something to do with Edmonton becoming the capital of Alberta after a dirty Liberal trick many many years ago?

- Andre


I think you may be correct about Calgary.

I was visiting in Canmore (sp?) years ago and my host told me that people in Vancouver think they live in the greatest city on earth, but Calgarians know they do.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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