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Why birch?

Birch imitates maple's pale creamy color and nonporous grain. Many home centers stock birch as lumber, plywood, or both, making it one of the most readily available woods. Making the switch: To ensure a good color match, take a sample of maple to the store as you pick out your birch stock. Birch veneer plywood and Baltic birch plywood provide alternatives to solid birch. Both maple and birch will retain their light color when left natural and coated with lacquer or water-based coatings.