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post #1 of 6 Old 09-02-2015, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Best alternative for steamed european beech

I am building new cabinets for an old kitchen. The home is a mid-century beauty from the 1950's that underwent a terrible renovation in the 1980's. I'd like to remodel using the original material, Steamed European Beech in a flat panel door. As I weigh the costs involved, I'm interested in the best alternative to Steamed European Beech. Natural maple? Natural cherry? Alder? I'm afraid cherry will get too dark over time. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-02-2015, 07:10 PM
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I'm not familiar with the Steamed European Beech. Can you post some pictures of the existing cabinets. I'm getting a lot of different pictures on Google Images for the wood so it's hard to say. The aged finish it has also affects the appearance too.
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Here are a few photos of european steamed beech from mid-century homes and restorations done by architect-friends. Looking for a less expensive alternative. I'm thinking natural maple?
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That first picture looks a little like ash to me, grain wise. Perhaps that with a some form of stain to bring the color in line?

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I think you could make maple work alright with that. It just wouldn't have the little short lines in the grain that beech has.
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I would look for birch plywood, it has more grain than maple. Baltic birch will have more sap(white) but a natural birch will have more heart (darker color). If you were debating cherry then I suggest natural birch, stains up like cherry but will not darken over time.

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