Console Table - Identifying Wood Type

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  1. bigalxyz

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    I bought an old console table recently. It's covered in a horrible dark, sticky varnish type coating which gives the wood grain a strange orangey hue from certain angles. Almost looks as if someone has painted gravy on there and left it to dry. It's a b****r to sand off as well.

    I digress. I've started sanding the varnish off so that I can see the wood underneath. From the photos below, can anyone tell me what sort of wood it is please? I'm not very knowledgeable about these things.

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    Its a traditional pine softwood, such as Norwegian spruce or similar....often referred to as ‘deal’.
    John :)
     
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  4. +1 looks like pine to me too.
     
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    Thank you both.

    I wonder how dark I can stain it...I'm told dark stain/varnish on pine can be a disaster (and perhaps this is what has previously happened to this table). Maybe I should keep a more natural colour.
     
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    Don’t stain , use wood dye.
     
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    Painting "brown" furniture is quite trendy now?
    Some kind of grey chalk paint might work?

    Mind you, in the 60's everyone was ripping out original features which people then spent 20 years putting back
     
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