Mixing woods? Help!

gunterNovember 23, 2007

If I do White Oak floors what other wood options are there for my interior doors?--I don't want Oak. I had planned on Alder interior doors but my builder thinks the two different woods might be too busy looking or naturally one is more yellow and the other more red in tone. But both would be stained the same honey-teak brown color.

The flooring will go over radiant floors which means only certain types of wood are best for stability.

Any suggestions?

And would the trim around the door match the door or the floor wood? Thanks!

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Different woods do staion differently. Colors can be mixed and cloors be close, however. For instance, the oak might require more dark tones in the final recipe---to approxiate the same stain on the alder. Or if a water based finished is used on one, an oil based finish might be used on the other to darken/amber tone it.

Use a preconditioner on the alder so blotching is minimized---white(Blond) shellac mixed in a one pound cut is best since it does not darken either wood.

Do a lot of testing---for instance when a color recipe is close, I often use the inside of a closet door as the final test---for a look on the real thing.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2007 at 3:03PM
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Thanks for letting me know.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 6:55PM
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The trim around the door should match the door. I don't work with alder so I am not familiar with how it finishes. Oak is an open grain wood that requires sealing. The grain and pattern of dissimilar woods can result in some strange results. Just my opinion. BTW, thought alder was used a lot to bake salmon.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 10:50PM
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If you want wood that is stable go for quartersawn oak (also called edge grained) - it is more expensive but also has an interesting flecked grain as well as stability. Alder is nice but I don't think it has the strength of oak or birch for door use. Doors often have objects moved near them which could tend to dent and marr wood. Why not try flatsawn oak for the doors and trim and quartersawn oak for the floors?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 12:15AM
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