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    Default Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Trim, Baseboards, Mouldings

    We have a home with gumwood doors, baseboards and crown moulding, some of which have been painted over or damaged and we would like to replace.

    Looking for any antique gumwood that can be repurposed. Anyone with access to these items, or tips on where to find near Toronto would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    ive never heard of gumwood, do you have a picture of it?
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Jkirk,

    I think she is referring to poplar or aspen. Poplar is often used for woodwork which is to be painted as it has a nice tight grain and it mills easily. It can be stained to leave a fairly even grain pattern. If staining, definitely use a pre-stain conditioner.

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Well, live and learn! There is such an animal as gumwwod: http://www.craftsman-style.info/fini...65-gumwood.htm
    It does seem to have similar qualities as does poplar.

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    The images on the following site show some gumwood interiors.

    I can't post links, so please go to awesomewood dot ca and proceed to their gallery of sample projects and find gumwood interior.

    Unfortunately no doors are shown of the type I am looking for (either to replace or restore) but the rest are of similar restoration projects/materials.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    interesting.. regarding the "gumwood".... with no photos i still cant think of what it is exactly.. could be along the lines of mahogony


    as for poplar, im well versed in it. on high end homes where mdf isnt requested and the budget is higher for paint grade trim we use poplar
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Tupelo Gum, and the Liquidambar tree, for two. They have the prickly gumball seed pods. Three-pointed/lobed leaves.
    The wood is very nice, used a lot in the 20's to my knowledge, not too much since.
    Now, in Australia, gumwood is an entirely different thing, I think they are Acacia trees.

    Casey
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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Yes, Sombreuil_mongrel, that's correct. Was used a lot in the 20s through 30s, which is when our home dates from. It's very common in older homes, which is why it's surprising to me that it's not well known

    Sorry, I left out a step in my instructions to the link above:

    Go to awesomewood dot ca
    Then click on Refinishing Painting
    Then hover over Gallery and click on Sample Projects
    Then go to their Gumwood Interior album

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    Default Re: Looking for Gumwood - Doors, Frames, Baseboards

    Asmiarow,

    I am currently dealing with similar issue. We are renovating a house built in 1930s in Toronto, I for sure have some extra gum wood doors kicking around, i probably will have some trim left over, when our renovation is complete, if you are interested you can send me an email. I myself am looking for restoration suggestions because some of my panels have been abused, and finding anyone who can restore stuff is pretty impossible it seems.

    Maybe we can work something out,
    Vic

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