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Wood Look-Alikes

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A. White ash finished to look like red oak B. Red oak The two wood samples were stained with a diluted Dark Golden Oak water-soluble aniline dye, but first the red oak was sealed with thinned shellac so it wouldn t darken too much. The white ash received a second coat to further enhance the grain. The samples each got a sealer coat of thinned shellac and a finish coat of spray lacquer.


A. Red gum finished to look like black walnut B. Black walnut The red gum board was selected for its nearly perfect walnut coloration. It and the walnut sample were dyed with a Medium Walnut water-soluble aniline dye, then sealed with shellac to warm up the color. The finish coat was spray lacquer. Note the color and grain similarity of the naturally finished samples in the right side of the photographs.


A. Yellow birch finished to look like maple B. Maple Chosen for its lighter color, the yellow birch was almost a perfect look-alike for sugar maple even before staining with a highly diluted Dark Golden Oak aniline dye and finishing with lacquer.

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Comments (3)
bigbassman37 wrote:

This will be very valuable to me later on.

3/4/2010 08:29:07 PM Report Abuse
andriessen wrote:

very informative, thanks!

3/4/2010 10:53:14 AM Report Abuse
drjerry1351400 wrote:

Re: The plans for the Cherry/Sapele Pommele Drop-Front Desk, Wood, Oct. 2009, it would have been helpful to suggest other exotic woods for the exterior panels, pointing out the pros/cons of each. Not being familiar with exotics, I tried Lacewood on recommendation of a wood shop dealer, which looks quite nice, but have had several problems with the large voids. Jerry Neff Greeley, CO

3/4/2010 10:17:00 AM Report Abuse

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