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A. Red lauan (Philippine mahogany) finished to look like Honduras Mahogany B. Mahogan Nearly identical in grain and natural color, the lauan and the genuine mahogany each received a coat of Dark Wine Cherry aniline dye, a shellac coat, and a clear, spray-lacquer finish.


A. Red alder finished to look like black cherry B. Black cherry With its fine grain, pinkish color, and figure features, the red alder sample came pretty close to matching black cherry when each received one coat of Dark Wine Cherry aniline dye. However, by first sealing the red alder with shellac, then dyeing it, the result was even closer. Each was sprayed with a finish coat of lacquer. Note how much the two woods look alike in the unstained, clear-finished part of the photographs.


A. Yellow poplar finished to look like black walnut B. Yellow poplar finished to look like black cherry After careful selection of yellow poplar samples to match the figure and grain of black walnut and black cherry respectively, each was dyed with aniline dye. It took two coats of Medium Walnut and one coat of Dark Wine Cherry to change the yellow poplar. The finish coat for each look-alike sample was lacquer.


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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