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Old 06-02-2015, 03:49 PM   #1
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What species of wood is this?


Attached are some pics of a desk that I've had since it was bought in the 60's. I'm planning on restaining it in the same color. Since it's so dinged up, I'm planning on sanding it first with a random orbit sander.

I've never restained anything before. From what I've read so far, it would be good to know what type of wood it is so that I know whether it's hard- or soft-wood, and how porous it is.

Can anyone here tell from the pictures what species of wood it is?

Also, when I have specific questions about staining, should I address them in this (carpentry) forum, or would the painting forum be better?

Thanks.
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Proceed carefully with the sanding; that piece may be a veneer finish (think plywood).

It looks like Birch to me but I am far from an expert. Suggest you wait for a consensus opinion.

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Proceed carefully with the sanding; that piece may be a veneer finish (think plywood).

It looks like Birch to me but I am far from an expert. Suggest you wait for a consensus opinion.
The back is definitely plywood -- it's thin, and bends when I knock on it. The rest of the wood (sides, front, drawers) seems a good deal thicker and more solid. But I'd appreciate other opinions on whether this may be veneer, and the species. I can send additional pictures if that would help.
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Give the other guys a a day or so to find the thread. Most of them are sharper than me.
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Poplar---the green tones give it away----it sands and stains well---now get to work--
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In the third picture it looks to me like glue lines and there were 5 boards glued up. The chest of drawers also reminds me of a school wood shop project.

If you strip it and stain, in my opinion it will result in a very different look.

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In the third picture it looks to me like glue lines and there were 5 boards glued up. The chest of drawers also reminds me of a school wood shop project.

If you strip it and stain, in my opinion it will result in a very different look.
Hopefully you mean a better look! At least, that's what I intend!
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Hopefully you mean a better look! At least, that's what I intend!
Going by the scrapes and scratches the original finish makes me think a combination varnish stain ( tinted varnish ) was applied. It may be difficult to get that with stain followed by varnish but it'll be ok.
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I agree with mike. That is definitely poplar
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Attached are some pics of a desk that I've had since it was bought in the 60's. I'm planning on restaining it in the same color. Since it's so dinged up, I'm planning on sanding it first with a random orbit sander.

I've never restained anything before. From what I've read so far, it would be good to know what type of wood it is so that I know whether it's hard- or soft-wood, and how porous it is.

Can anyone here tell from the pictures what species of wood it is?

Also, when I have specific questions about staining, should I address them in this (carpentry) forum, or would the painting forum be better?

Thanks.
if you use a stain , you better use a wood sealer or you will have so much blotching that it will look not that good ? a lot of dark and maybe streaks on the wood , soft wood takes stain more than the hard fibers in the wood , whatch this u-tube on blatch control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfCY...VLCs5OwGx9CLsg
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if you use a stain , you better use a wood sealer or you will have so much blotching that it will look not that good ? a lot of dark and maybe streaks on the wood , soft wood takes stain more than the hard fibers in the wood , whatch this u-tube on blatch control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfCY...VLCs5OwGx9CLsg
Thank you. I am using Minwax oil-based pre-stain wood conditioner (prior to Minwax oil-based stain), and it definitely helps.
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I've done a couple refinishing projects on small furniture items, and I suggest trying to identify the correct stripper for the finish. It's a lot easier to strip the topcoat and then sand/plane, than it is to try to sand through the finish. Or, you could use a card scraper which will work faster, and more affordably, than sandpaper.

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