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post #1 of 3 Old 09-15-2015, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Help with species selection for stain match

Hi everyone,

I need to build a few stair newels for a renovation project and I'd like them to match the original newels as best as possible. Here is a picture of the original:

My sawyer told me that he has the following wood species available in the dimensions I'd need: Cherry, hard maple, soft maple, red oak and white oak.

Any thoughts as to which might work best to get me close to matching the original newels? Also, any suggestions on a specific stain to go with. I have virtually no experience with stains (for my builds I typically like to leave wood the natural color that it is, but now I need to do a match).

Thanks in advance!

-Jeff G
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-15-2015, 10:09 AM
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That looks like birch or soft maple---

The muddy looking stain job suggests birch---a nightmare to get a handsome stain job on a paint grade wood.

Soft maple will give you a similar look--also a nightmare to stain---soft fuzzy wood that blotches when stained.

You will need to blend a stain to get a match----
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-15-2015, 11:05 AM
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I agree with Mike on the soft maple. I suggest you use Poplar.
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