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Will my project look weird using red oak boards and oak plywood?

Wasn't really thinking when I bought my supplies, but I bought red oak boards and oak plywood that I am going to use on a piece of furniture. After I stain it, will it look really weird? I'm assuming the red oak boards will be a bit darker than the plywood. Should I go pick up some oak boards and use the red oak for something else? Thanks. Sorry if this is a dumb question I'm just getting started.
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Every cabinet maker does this. It won't match exactly, but close enough. Most wood has a good bit of natural color variations anyway. Hickory has some of the most. My hardwood floors are hickory. Some boards are as dark as walnut and others as light as maple. Almost every one that comes in the house complements how good the floor looks. Nobody noticed the ash floor in the old house.
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Wasn't really thinking when I bought my supplies, but I bought red oak boards and oak plywood that I am going to use on a piece of furniture. After I stain it, will it look really weird? I'm assuming the red oak boards will be a bit darker than the plywood. Should I go pick up some oak boards and use the red oak for something else? Thanks. Sorry if this is a dumb question I'm just getting started.
It's very common to mix plywood and solid wood in furniture and cabinets. You are right though the solid wood is usually a little darker than the plywood but it isn't very much. What you can do after staining wipe the solid wood with lacquer thinner to even it out. Another option is to spray a little dye stain on the plywood to supplement the color.
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You should be just fine. Red Oak is a favorite wood of many in that joint lines disappear and color variation always just seem to blend in.

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It's not at all unusual to use plywood and solid wood together. I'm wondering though , when you draw a comparison between "oak" and "red oak", are you comparing white oak and red oak? In that case, there would be a bigger difference in how each of them would look.
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Cabinetmakers do it all the time but we use plain sliced plywood, not rotary cut that you find at big boxes. Rotary will stand out like a sore thumb and it will not color or finish or look like solid wood. Plain sliced looks like boards glued together, usually much higher quality, too.
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