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Old 07-14-2007, 04:23 PM
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what is a wood color other than oak that is warm and honey colored?
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:47 PM
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it depend on the stain really. You can stain oak anything from dark to light.
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what is a wood color other than oak that is warm and honey colored?
honey maple is warm and yellowish
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Maple. My kitchen cabinets are solid maple. Warm and inviting.
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Birch, maybe?



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several different styles of maple are
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Ash is similar in grain, color and texture to oak.
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A real warm color is red cherry, they do do have a brown cherry also. Mail me and I will let you know some of the research I did.
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Hard Rock Maple with a clear finish or even just light stain to warm it up
Ash has a very open grain like oak but is also lighter in color
Beech may also fit the bill nicely although somewhat darker than others listed here
Pine, or knotty pine will give a rustic look....very soft however not as durable.
Cottonwood, very rare that I see this species used
Aspen, another species I rarely see used


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Man is that a loaded question! What is it you want to achieve? What is the budget? Are you refinishing what you have or will you be starting from scratch? Will this be a kitchen, bathroom, study or entertainment unit? What style of cabinet will you be going after? How many children will be beating the crap out of whatever it is you'd like to make or have made?

IMO pine has the warmest natural honey color especially after the finished product ages out a bit.

Pretty much all finishes will darken from a steady supply of bright ambient light. Some woods and finished can whiten or even wash out it's natural colour if exposed to direct sunlight (UV). It is more then possible to end up with a two tone side of a cabinet if one portion of the cabinet takes direct sunlight and the other half doesn't......know your conditions before you start picking types of woods and finishes.

Know before hand the species of wood you eventually pick, can you buy sheet goods with that veneer on it or can you even buy trim of that species......will 100% of all trim need to be custom made.....are you prepared for those expenses?
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Thanks for all the info guys. Home Depot nearby had a hell of a sale on kitchen cabinet doors and I was trying to figure out what species it was that I liked the best.

I went with Maple. I like the tight grain. I will be adding copper to the room and that warms the natural maple up quite a bit and seems to bring it to life. I'm going for a very warm inviting feel to the kitchen. The top half the walls will be a pale butter yellow with the natural maple cabinets and the bottom walls a copper plating look that is actually plastic coated and easy to clean. Counter tops are white marbled laminate. I'm hoping for an Old World clean feel to it all.
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you want old world feel - pour your own cement countertops and stain/seal them up.


My buddy does that and has done several in some high fallutin lofts he has worked on. He's got them at his house and they are pretty cool
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that sounds pretty cool. i already have the countertops, though-- got them in the discount/clearance pile at Lowe's. Originally $397 paid $75. besides, i'd have NO idea how to do what you described and i'd hate to end up with my hands stuck in cement in my own danged house!
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C'mon Cericheek - concrete counter tops are not that difficult.

If you want to get real fancy you can add broken/crushed glass to them, then once the concrete cures, grind it down to expose the glass aggregate - can give a real unique appearance.
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Beech Wood is harder to stain but will look real rich.
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okay, okay! I'll at least look up the concrete counter thing online. But unfortunately my daddy's do-it-yourself instruction kinda stayed more toward basic carpentry and rebuilding cars. He checked me out of school to bleed brakes and go to junk car auctions so I could tell him which ones he could build. I dont know anything about setting tile or concrete counters. Oh, and I can tattoo dogs' ears.
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Hard Maple (with no heartwood)....natural stain and let mellow....or......Soft Maple (WHAD) will do the same...

My choice....Hickory........

Best wood to work with ........ASH.....accepts a stain evenly and is of course very durable...

But folks look closely..most cabinets are plywood door fronts and solids for trim....solid door fronts but hardwood
for exterior framing.......
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