Save some scratch using secondary woods
Do you really want to hide high-dollar hard maple under a dark stain when inexpensive poplar will do? Other inexpensive woods mimic pricier species, as well. For example, alder makes a low-dough cherry substitute with only minor color tweaks. And well-chosen soft maple is a dead-ringer for hard maple, especially for bookcase backs, shelves, or case dividers that will be partially covered or obscured. Even that infamously contrasting walnut and cherry sapwood can be tamed with dyes.
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