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post #21 of 25 Old 08-21-2011, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Sahefner View Post
What about Oak? No one has really mentioned it yet. It is a nice hard wood with a nice grain.
Would oak stain well? Thoughts?
Oak wasn't mentioned because your first post you singled out a choice between Poplar (light colored) and Walnut (dark colored). You said this:
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I am planning to put a large built-in bookcase in my study. The contractor indicated that Poplar and Walnut were possible options. For the experts, which type of wood would you recommend? Poplar or Walnut? Or should I look for another kind of wood?

Also, we would like to stain the wood a dark dark brown.
Since you wanted to have a dark finish, starting with a dark wood might make sense.

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If you want rich and dark I would say walnut. I saw some walnut recently, stained ebony and it was fabulous. But you get what you pay for, I need a drink should it be beer or Irish whiskey.
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White oak stained dark would look very nice. It takes a very even stain. Walnut is gorgeous finished naturally. However, unlike Cherry, it fades with time and turns much lighter.

The grain in oak is much different from walnut, and the grain in white oak is generally more muted and not so wild as red oak. I would go to some furniture stores and look around to see what you like.


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red oak is no joke a cabinet industry standard,on ply it comes in rotary cut,or straight cut,i reccomend straight,stains well with a consistent color
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Your best bet is veeneer plywood for back shelves, sides etc. Then use sodid wood for stills and rails. Oak ply and oak boards would be good price wise and it stains and finishes good. Most of the book case wouldn't show when its loaded with books anyway. Fir and pine stained.
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