Alternative look-a-like to oak?
I'm just nearing the build of a coffee table under storage box and have come to the time when I need a face to put on it that matches, as near as can be, the coffee table. The main coffee table is oak, made from a tree that fell in 1987 here in the UK. I need a finished board 82cm (33") x 29cm (11 1/2"). The timber yard don't have anything like that in stock as oak is hard to come by in the UK, they're slow growing and we keep importing people who need homes so by by forests.
So I ask for a board twice the length, half the width..... cut in 2 and glue them together, then I'll have what I need. Still no luck, he's phoning around and will contact us tomorrow.
No bearing in mind that oak is rare.... you bet the price is gonna be high, very high, so I was wondering if there was a lookalike alternative to oak that I can use, just as I've used meranti instead of mahogany for my clock.
So I need an alternative to oak, any ideas, and remember I'm in the UK, so US stock is probably as rare.
When everything around you is going to pot, get out in the workshop.