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wisemd03 01-04-2013 09:21 PM

Is this Cherry or Maple?
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Hey, so I'm new to this forum and thought I'd break the ice with an easy question. Until recently i thought my 20 year old cabinets were made of maple. However, now I'm leaning towards cherry, any thoughts? I attached some random photos of the veneer and some solid trim, Thanks Mike W

Daniel Holzman 01-04-2013 09:27 PM

Certainly looks like cherry. I built some maple cabinets, maple is lighter, and the grain is not as pronounced.

Hardwood Head 01-05-2013 03:02 AM

they are cherry, 110%

woodworkbykirk 01-05-2013 07:07 AM

definitely cherry but it could be birch or even poplar stained to look like cherry, they all have the same grain pattern

ive used birch in the past stained with cherry stain and even guys who have worked with cherry didnt notice the difference

wisemd03 01-05-2013 01:02 PM

Thanks guys,
Thanks guys, I know the cabinets are over 20 years old and were stained with Minwax# 235 Cherry. I thought about painting over them but it seems a shame to cover up nice grain.

troubleseeker 01-05-2013 04:00 PM

I'm thinking birch, because of the grain patterns. Ash has a very similiar grain patterm, but has much more "open" pores than seems to be visible. I would put money against the suggestion of poplar. I don't believe cherry because it seems to have too much grain, and 20 something year old cherry would be much darker by now IMO.

jagans 01-05-2013 05:28 PM

I Think Birch, due to age and lack of raised panel. Pretty standard in tract houses back in the day.

woodworkbykirk 01-05-2013 07:29 PM

the grain in ash is nothing like cherry. ash has the same grain pattern as white oak

wisemd03 01-05-2013 08:39 PM

I posted the same question on another forum and the general consenses is red Birch panels alder frames, also old Nutone birch cabinets. a positive I.D is harder than i thought. But i can't disagree with Birch, although, I was hoping for Cherry. Thanks, Mike W:thumbup:

woodworkbykirk 01-05-2013 09:30 PM

the other thing too with cherry is that it gets darker as it ages. errr. i mean the tone of it gets deeper, its why its so popular

Develin 01-06-2013 02:42 AM


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