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Forum topic by dpayne posted 02-18-2020 01:18 PM 246 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2020 01:18 PM

Hi. I’m new to making furniture and to this forum!

My wife and I are planning to build a dining table using an old door from our home as the table top. I’d like to build legs for the table using the same type of wood that the door is made of. Attached are some photos of the door. Can anyone help me identify what wood this is?

Thanks much.

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#1 posted 02-18-2020 01:50 PM

It’s hard to say with so much stain on it, but I’ll take a stab and say Douglas Fir.

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 05:18 PM

Thanks for your response, Bondo.

Yes—Douglas fir was my guess, as well. The grain is quite straight, overall, and in many spots there a dramatic contrast between light and dark streaks that are thin and tight. It’s my understanding that this wood is commonly used for doors, as well.

My house was built in 1970; not sure if this would have been a trend at that time.


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#3 posted 02-18-2020 10:16 PM

Looks like standard wood door?
Fir/pine core, with hardwood veneer skin. Type of hardwood veneer is hard to tell with heavy pigment stain on top. Guessing the frame veneer is maple due the exposed white spots where trim meets the frame?
If it’s actually a frame/panel construction and not fake thin panels bonded to a core, the center panels could be cherry? Destructive analysis is only way to know for sure. :-(


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#4 posted 02-18-2020 11:41 PM

Interesting, CaptainKlutz.

I’ve wondered whether some veneers could be involved. The door sounds relatively solid when I knock on it, although it does feel suspiciously light. I don’t see any signs of a veneer on the edges or top of the door, but the panels could be.

Thanks for your thoughts.


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#5 posted 02-19-2020 01:50 AM

It is not necessary that the legs and support structure be the same wood species. The loads of the under structure may call for something different. It is only important that you match the finish.

What will support the plates on the door edges?

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#6 posted 02-19-2020 02:13 AM

I was thinking of 2” or 2.5” square legs joined to 2” x 3” apron via dowels, reinforced with angle braces. Then 2” x 3” rails and a stretcher connecting the lower legs. Quarter-inch sheet of glass to cover the top.


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#7 posted 02-19-2020 02:33 AM

..., although it does feel suspiciously light.
- dpayne

Based on this observation of yours, I’d go with pine.

-- Galootish log blog,

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