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Forum topic by RevisitingWood posted 04-04-2020 03:15 PM 277 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2020 03:15 PM

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First post and I thank everyone in advance for their help. I’m restoring an old back bar I inherited. I’m confused as what kind of wood this is on the bar. The bottom piece on the side is oak and the top piece is pine.

I need to replace a few pieces of wood and want to match so stain looks consistent. I went to look at lumber yesterday and got a bit confused without having anything from it with me. If anyone can look at the grain pattern etc and help, I would appreciate it! Here is the image from the other side for another look.

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#1 posted 04-04-2020 03:24 PM

Welcome to LJ!
The pictures do not show the grain, color, and end grain with enough detail to even offer a guess?
I use these sites to help me identify wood:

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#2 posted 04-04-2020 05:33 PM

It could be Alder and even if it is not I think Alder might be a good substitute for what you have. Alder is relatively inexpensive so you could get some and try you stain on it. The mantra with staining is….test….test…test first.
Alder is a fairly soft wood so it this wood is not “soft” it is hard to tell.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-04-2020 05:49 PM

It could be old growth Douglas fir.
Old fir has a particular smell and texture and is very soft.
It’s a wild guess
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#4 posted 04-04-2020 06:14 PM

All wood is variable even within a species. It will vary if flat sawn vs. quarter sawn. You can come close to matching woods by the way you stain & finish the final assembly.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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