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Old 11-22-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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My house was built in 1980 and didn't come with a pantry. I am trying to identify the wood so I can build one to match. What type of wood is this?
I also will add My wife wants to paint them but I like the wood look. So its depending on if I can match it
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Might be birch [stained]
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I think it looks a little like maple but no expert here.
What ever it is, it maybe hard to match. Most ply woods have a veneer on top that has been peeled off the log in one piece. Yours appears to have strips of veneers.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:47 AM   #4
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I would say maple with a stain on it.
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It could be maple but birch was awfully popular during the 70s and early 80s.
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Maple was my first thought as well. Not sure I know what birch looks like to rule it out.
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Unless you are the chief cook and bottle washer, Id go with the wifes opinion. It is her kitchen, right?

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My first thought was maple as well. Birch usually has more even grain variation, subtle, but even across a board, sort of like a mild version of oak (don't know if that makes sense, it does to me!). I can't tell if it is board or veneer.

Exactly matching stain will be difficult. I know that stained wood cabinetry is not currently 'in', but to, to me, painting over nice hardwood is a crime, but I don't have to live there. Besides, painting your cabinetry properly will either be quite a bit of work or money, depending on how you approach it. We have stained oak and we are both quite ok with it. I have seen re-stores with virtually brand new cabinetry that were installed to sell a house then ripped out by the buyer.
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Looks maple. Rails and stiles are probably solid and the panel veneer plywood.
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Looks like maple to me also. Here is pepper mill made out of maple for comparison. Don't look at color, look at grain
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This outfit shows the difference in veneer types so maybe it is available but looks expensive.
http://murphyplywood.com/hardwood/veneer/
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As far south as you are, I would say Birch, Maple plywood wasn't as poplar as Birch.
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Birch or maple, hard to tell from just one picture. Is the back of the door unstained? I find birch often has a bit of a directionality to its look, so as you move from looking at it at an acute angle from the left side, and move to 90deg, then over to an acute angle on the right side, it can appear to change color on you. Take a look at 8x4 birch plywood at the home centers.

Anyway, reproducing the color of the stain can be more difficult than getting a wood with the right grain. I've mixed Minwax oil stain from three cans to get what I wanted.
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As far south as you are, I would say Birch, Maple plywood wasn't as poplar as Birch.
How do you know how far south the op is, Jim?
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