We currently use B-4 cherry MDF and are looking for another (less expensive) species that would stain close to cherry. Grain is not an issue. Any ideas?
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor M:
Maple is less expensive than cherry, but you'll have to anile-n-dye it to get the same color tones. I'm sure you could use birch, too, which is even less expensive. Keep in mind, if you're pricing your work properly, it shouldn't be more than a couple of bucks between clear coat cherry and a cheaper wood that you've spent the time staining and dying to look like cherry. I've even seen people take poplar moldings, bleach out the green and dye it to match the rest of the unit, whether it would be cherry, maple, etc. All closed grain woods.