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Old 09-16-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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I'm going to install all new baseboards and door/window casings. I have nice old red oak floors I just refinished and want to go with a natural wood look without spending the money for oak. What kind of wood would be a cheaper alternative and not clash with the floors? And is it something I would want to stain and clear coat?

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You are stuck----moldings come in --Pine---(very different look than oak)---Poplar (green tones usually mean paint only) --Oak--out of your budget?

Then the woods get really expensive---cherry-walnut--other cabinet woods--Making your own is often more costly that buying the trims premade---Mike---

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I'm going to install all new baseboards and door/window casings. I have nice old red oak floors I just refinished and want to go with a natural wood look without spending the money for oak. What kind of wood would be a cheaper alternative and not clash with the floors? And is it something I would want to stain and clear coat?
There was once a company that made moldings that were pine with an oak veneer, they called the product, "Oak Over". You might look into that as a lower cost option. If you can't find the company, let me know, I have some in the shop with the label on it.
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if you find a good supply of poplar, you can find peices that are almost entirely white or with a light brown tone. the light brown can pass as maple or birch once stained. the whiter tone can pass as cherry. oak has a distinct grain pattern which ash is similar to
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I'm going to install all new baseboards and door/window casings. I have nice old red oak floors I just refinished and want to go with a natural wood look without spending the money for oak. What kind of wood would be a cheaper alternative and not clash with the floors? And is it something I would want to stain and clear coat?
Oak and pine are as cheap as it gets-without buying fake oak printed moldings. MDF moldings are reasonable but need to be painted.
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