The table top is Mahogany, and the table apron is maple.
You can pick a wood that has similar grain patterens and use it to simulate the same look, but the tricky part like always is matching the color. Thats where you can play around with scrap pieces until you get the color you want.
Never thought about using different types of woods for a project. Now I'm thinking it makes it all the better, and shows a lot of thought being put into projects.
I will definitely be experimenting on scrap pieces, now that you've mentioned it. You all are giving me confidence
to try woodworking some small projects. I hope I can work my way up to tables and dressers soon.
The color of most mahogany furniture is largely artificial. It's normally darker and redder than the furniture in the pictures. With any type of wood the natural color can vary a great deal but most of it looks like this before stained.
Another thought, if you are having trouble getting mahogany or the cost is too much home depot sells a plywood called sandeply which has a similar mahogany look. It's completely blonde in color so you would have to stain it to get the look you want. For the solid wood you could use alder. One of the characteristics of alder is to be able to stain it to look like other woods. Just select a wood with some straight grain.
Thanks for confirming that it was the type of stain. Time for me to experiment. I really appreciate the low cost options you've been giving, especially for a first timer.
He can also simply use maple. Use a preconditioner, scuff sand, then apply a natural cherry dye stain.
2 parts cinnamon
1 part light brown
I can also give you the formula in trans tint dyes.
I bookmarked trans tint dye's homepage. Never heard of them but their dyes look good.
Which ones would you recommend? I can also just experiment.
Alder doesn't have the grain anywhere close to mahogany, though. It's much closer to a knotty cherry, in my experience.
Personally, I am of the mindset that believes if you want to make wood look like a certain kind, to just buy that kind of wood. It's likely going to be more expensive, but it will save you loads of time and you don't run the risk of it not turning out quite like you planned. I don't care for stained wood, usually.
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Mahogany is nice, ain't it? Searching google images I'm finding some things a bit closer to what I'm looking for. Also found this handy chart:
From 2003, so I don't expect the prices to be the same.
Thanks for getting me started, fellas!