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post #1 of 4 Old 04-16-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Between my aggravation with the cutting board, fixing a few things around the house, working part time when I am needed, I was also working on refinishing the kitchen cabinets.

This is the result. There were originally, at least to the best of my knowledge, installed circa 1979, and were very dark in color, almost to the point of not being able to see the wood grains at all.

I am going to try and post two digital images, can anyone identify the wood(s)?

Learned a bunch on this project, including the need for dust control.
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Kinda looks like birch or maple plywood and possibly pine facing. Kinda of hard to tell without a pic of the wood unfinished.
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The doors don't have any plywood, however the sides of the cabinets I believe are ply. The doors are solid wood, but the grain appears different on different sides/doors.

I wish I had your input yesterday, I would have taken an image prior to staining.

Oh well, still enjoyed doing the job, for the most part, and I was able to learn a few things (and buy a new sander) .

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I agree: Looks like pine in some areas due to the flashing (where the stain is reversed on the grain). But that closeup of the door resembles some birdseye maple. But the facing wood isn't maple - usually length cuts have a straighter grain than that.

I'd be iffy on calling it birch - usually birch has a more intricate grain that's daintier and figurative - even around knots.

It's interesting that they used a cut for the squat cabinets above the stove that has such a girthy grain - ususally that's found in pine and oak unless it's plain sawn from the outside fat.
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