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Question Need help in identifying wood and finish

I want to make bedroom Nightstands to match my existing bedroom set and Iím not sure what wood it is or the finish. Iím hoping someone here would recognize this?
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Definitely ash. The finish was either done with nitrocellulose lacquer or something oil based. The finish has yellowed with age. In order to match it I would try a thinned down golden oak stain and put at least one coat of amber shellac to re-create the aged finish. Just don't put polyurethane over the top unless you get a de-waxed amber shellac. An oil based varnish will adhere or lacquer or clear shellac could be used. Be sure to work out the finish on scrap before you use it on your project.
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I agree, Ash,,, a great furniture wood.
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WOW! Thank you very much Steve. Ash never even came to mind

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I'm having trouble finding Ash locally. Possibly Phoenix, but I saw a large selection on eBay. Anybody ever buy lumber from eBay?

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I'm having trouble finding Ash locally. Possibly Phoenix, but I saw a large selection on eBay. Anybody ever buy lumber from eBay?
It would probably have to be purchased in a large city. The wood was over used in the 1970's for wall paneling, trim, kitchen and bath cabinets to the point where the wood has become hated. So many people are removing ash cabinets and woodwork from their houses because it dates the house.
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It would probably have to be purchased in a large city. The wood was over used in the 1970's for wall paneling, trim, kitchen and bath cabinets to the point where the wood has become hated. So many people are removing ash cabinets and woodwork from their houses because it dates the house.
Oh WOW. It amazes me sometimes how things change. Maybe I should try the dump.
I saw a dresser exactly like mine that fell off of a truck. It was lying on the corner busted up a little, but the parts could have been salvaged. I wanted to go home for my truck to pick it up, but the wife wouldnít let me. I went back the next day and it was gone, donít know if the owner came back to get it or the road maintenance people picked it up.

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Iím fairly sure these people are in Phoenix. They also ship a lot of lumber.

https://www.woodworkerssource.com/sh...stic_wood.html


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Iím fairly sure these people are in Phoenix. They also ship a lot of lumber.

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Thanks, I just looked up their location and they are 40 miles from me. Its pretty close to where my daughter lives so I'll stop by the next time I visit.

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!right look into finding some plain sawn white oak. Touch more expensive than ash, but they look extremely similar to one another, to the extent that ash is the go-to when you want something that looks like oak
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!right look into finding some plain sawn white oak. Touch more expensive than ash, but they look extremely similar to one another, to the extent that ash is the go-to when you want something that looks like oak
I think they sell white oak at the local Home Depot or maybe it was Lowe's. The funny think is that for years I assumed it was Oak. It wasn't until I brought in a piece of red oak to see if it matched that I decided to ask.

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I think they sell white oak at the local Home Depot or maybe it was Lowe's. The funny think is that for years I assumed it was Oak. It wasn't until I brought in a piece of red oak to see if it matched that I decided to ask.
Home Depot and lowes in my area only carry red oak, dunno if yours are different but honestly i doubt it. White oak is generally a touch more expensive, not something i expect to see at a big-box store. Let us know what you find out though, im curious now!

Speaking of though, id only go for the white oak if there price for the wood comes out to be cheaper than the time and gas spent finding a place that sells ash. I know that ash and oak are pretty interchangeable only because ash is the budget alternative to oak. Personally, i like ash a lot more anyway, but if you cant find it, oak works. Red oak would also probably work, but it may be harder to match the color
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The box stores could probably order some ash but it would probably cost more than double what it's worth and take a while to get it.
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my guess is ash with golden oak stain.
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I'm trying to figure out how much i need for 2 nightstands, but my wife keeps coming up with suggestions for accessories and secret compartments. I guess I can use any wood that's not seen for the extras.

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Looks like Ash with a Golden Oak finish. This is where Iíd start and plan to adjust stain color to match.
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I think they sell white oak at the local Home Depot or maybe it was Lowe's. The funny think is that for years I assumed it was Oak. It wasn't until I brought in a piece of red oak to see if it matched that I decided to ask.
They used to carry a couple of other species than they carry now at least in southern California. Not a customer for their wood as it is a very expensive place to buy it. They no longer seem to have the selection.
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