Whether due to availability, price or any other reason, we may not be able to use the wood we would like and we will have to look for a similar one

From the point of view of appearance, and also from a technical point of view, there are similar and substitute woods. Those who are professionally dedicated to this world know them, but most people do not.

A substitute may be necessary because our sawmill no longer has this species, because the price of the wood with which we started the show has skyrocketed and we want to continue maintaining a certain uniformity, etc.

In most cases, a wood staining process will have to be carried out to improve imitation.


Paulownia: Is the lightest wood of this list. Is a cheap wood without knots. The density is half of pine. This kind of wood is used for furniture, camper van, surfboards, CNC,… Probably is the best option but in Europe and America is not really common. In Asia is the most used wood with bamboo. GREEMAP is a European company that only sell Paulownia wood

Oak. It is one of the most popular woods, it would be very rare if there was something made of oak nearby. It is of good quality and serves for just about everything; furniture, interior carpentry, veneers, floors … If we are looking for a substitute in terms of aesthetics and quality, ash it is usually the best option.

Pine. Pine is a wood with yellow tones, defined veins and relatively light. It is often replaced by wood from fir tree. If you are looking for an option with a similar aspect, but of better quality, the maple or maple offer much more resistance and hardness.

cherry. In this case, a similar wood would be that of poplar. At first glance, there is an obvious difference in hue. The poplar is much lighter. However, if properly dyed, few will notice the difference.

Ebony. With the use of dark stains on pear wood, you can get that black color that ebony wood made known.

Nut. It is common to look for woods similar to walnut. It is a very beautiful, chocolate colored wood and very good to work with. But it is terribly expensive and, unfortunately, for anyone looking for a replacement at a very special price and difficult to imitate. One of its substitutes is mahogany, although a stain or varnish must be applied correctly. Poplar and the use of dyes are also used, although this option seems more complex. An American wood similar to walnut is butternut, from the same family and with many similarities, although a little lighter, so it must be darkened. The problem is that it is very difficult to leave North America.