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post #1 of 13 Old 01-14-2020, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Identify Cabinet Material

I am going to build an Island to match these cabinets.

Can anyone help me identify the species of wood used here?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-14-2020, 02:36 PM
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I dont use much maple but I think that is what this is - stained.

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There are so many species of wood in the world, many I've never heard of. A couple of things you could do to help ID the wood... 1st, what part of the world are you located in this being a group of woodworkers from around the globe. 2nd, is there an unfinished piece of wood or try to get a picture of the end grain.

Its' never hot or cold in New Hampshire... its' always seasonal.
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I'm in Raleigh NC.

I'll get some more pictures tonight if I can find some unfinished or end grain.
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These look like commercial cabinets. Can you find a label or otherwise identify the maker by the style? If you can, then they should be able to answer the question.

Try showing photos to a few big cabinet makers in your area; they may recognize the style and point you to the source. If you can find the source, you may be able to find matching doors or other components, too.
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I'm pretty sure they're custom made.

Here are some more pictures unfinished and endgrain.
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It could be Cherry but it could be Maple like someone else said.

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I have a lot of cherry - it's common in NH and I doubt you have cherry... Because of the tear-out on the end grain photos, I almost think you have a soft wood (I doubt it's pine because of the lack of knots - could be butternut because of the color and straight grain). What about the weight of the wood?



Tool agnostic has very good advise so follow his suggestion 1st...

Its' never hot or cold in New Hampshire... its' always seasonal.
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Alder??
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Maybe it's Alder?

I don't know much about Alder, many of the pictures I've found show a lot of knots. I have found some examples of "Clear Alder" though, which looks kinda like it.

Does it make sense that an average house in Raleigh would have Alder cabinets? Is it common?

I have added more pictures of the kitchen.

In response to BernieL, I agree it's not Cherry, I have a lot of cherry lumber for other projects. The weight of the wood feels light. The surface and grain feels kind like a cherry, but the weight is much lighter feeling.
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Maple. The blotching is also consistent with maple.
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My average house here in Yorktown, VA has alder cabinets stained to look like maple.
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Look at the back of the crown. Sometimes they don't stain the back of what you don't see. Maybe you can get a good look there.

Personally I believe it is soft maple.....rebelwork
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