Best wood to stain dark for paneling, ceiling, and bookshelves?

threeapplesMay 7, 2012

our library will be all wood. The floor is a dark stained maple, almost an espresso color. I want the walls, bookshelves, and ceiling to be a little bit lighter and am not sure what species of wood to use. I hear maple is not the best choice. The carpenter does not use poplar or birch. Cherry is much too pricey for us and I'd guess walnut is, too. Any thoughts? thanks!

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HandyMac

Maple and a lighter stain.

The problem with maple is that it splotches a bit when stained. An experienced finisher can overcome that problem, but many carpenters do not have the experience in finishing.

That is the reason many carpenters do not like maple.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 2:18PM
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brickeyee

Birch or Ash.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 3:35PM
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gregmills_gw

Oak stains very well both red and white. Easier on the carpenters. But maybe not the popular choice but its an idea.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 3:54PM
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brickeyee

"Oak stains very well both red and white. "

It just is a lot more work to finish smooth.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 3:48PM
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gregmills_gw

Brickeye. Its not actually. Not saying oak is the prefered species for this application but if you do prep it correctly it doesnt take any more work to get it smooth.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 5:31PM
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HandyMac

Filling the grin is not more work than simply sanding/scraping?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 11:20PM
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brickeyee

"Filling the grin is not more work than simply sanding/scraping?"

On oak?

Are you kidding?

Paste wood filler and all the hassle of using it.

There is a reason much oak furniture looks so bad.

You cannot sand or scrape out the pores in oak.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 12:51PM
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