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asmiarow
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!

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

ive never heard of gumwood, do you have a picture of it?

ordjen
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.

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

Well, live and learn! There is such an animal as gumwwod: www.craftsman-style.info/finishing/065-gumwood.htm
It does seem to have similar qualities as does poplar.

asmiarow
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.

jkirk
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

Sombreuil_mongrel
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

asmiarow
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

Caffinatedvic
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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