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Hello everyone! I'm new here and have truely enjoyed spending tons of time just looking at all the info in the different forums. I have learned so much without picking up a tool. But this brings me to a rather simple question on a small project I am getting ready to start. I friend of mine needs a couple of drawers duplicated to replace ones lost in a piece of furniture. The attached pic shows in unfinished side of the drawer front. I feel it is poplar but cannot imagine trying to use a dark stain on this type of wood. Could someone with more experience please have a look and let me know what I have here? Many thanks and keep on posting... I have a lot to learn.

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Hi Dave

" poplar??? " I would say it is , the green tint is a big tip off..

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I agree, it looks like poplar. As long as you carefully select your pieces for a fairly uniform color match, staining with a dark stain shouldn't be a problem.

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Hello everyone! I'm new here and have truely enjoyed spending tons of time just looking at all the info in the different forums. I have learned so much without picking up a tool. But this brings me to a rather simple question on a small project I am getting ready to start. I friend of mine needs a couple of drawers duplicated to replace ones lost in a piece of furniture. The attached pic shows in unfinished side of the drawer front. I feel it is poplar but cannot imagine trying to use a dark stain on this type of wood. Could someone with more experience please have a look and let me know what I have here? Many thanks and keep on posting... I have a lot to learn.

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I agree, it could be. Poplar is very light and not very hard. One place I worked was trying out poplar mouldings. Most got stained dark and they looked pretty decent.

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I am no expert but I do not think it is poplar. It looks to me like a contrast between heartwood and sapwood. It's hard to tell in the photo, it the heartwood greenish tinted or grayish?

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i have the felling thats soft maple, i have a pc in my garage thats looks like it. and yes alot of people uses plplar and use dark stain to mimic brazilian cherry witha a real dark stain,
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Welcome,Looks like poplar and I have stained it with cherry and a few othyer dark stains and it comes out nice,just take Your time

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Hello everyone! I'm new here and have truely enjoyed spending tons of time just looking at all the info in the different forums. I have learned so much without picking up a tool. But this brings me to a rather simple question on a small project I am getting ready to start. I friend of mine needs a couple of drawers duplicated to replace ones lost in a piece of furniture. The attached pic shows in unfinished side of the drawer front. I feel it is poplar but cannot imagine trying to use a dark stain on this type of wood. Could someone with more experience please have a look and let me know what I have here? Many thanks and keep on posting... I have a lot to learn.

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That is poplar . I use lot's of that wood it can have green srteek's and black streed's and also clear. If you are staining you should use a blotch control to control the even stain on the wood. What happen when you stain the stain goes in the soft wood more and less on the hard part of the wood that will cause blotching. Now lot's of the people don't know what blotching is. I use charles neir blotch control here is the link InTheWorkshop's Channel - YouTube

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Dave it also looks like poplar to me... and as some have stated use something to limit the blotching that occurs.

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Thank you everyone for the quick response and all the great information. I finally get a 3 day weekend and want to get this knocked out asap. A special thanks to Del for the information on blotching. I am a little hesitant when to comes to staining anything but I need the practice. If the final results are close enough I will post some pics and see what everyone thinks and can suggest for my future projects. Thanks again everyone!!

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