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Blog entry by DrSawdust posted 05-06-2008 12:00 AM 1020 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has decided on a Greene and Greene style bed for the double bed in the guest bedroom. However, I would like to use a different type of wood that I haven’t used before. I have worked with Oak, Maple (hard and soft), Walnut, Cherry, Poplar, and of course Pine. I’m looking for some ideas of other types of wood that are not too dark in color and are moderately priced. If any of you have a suggestion I would appreciate it.

Thanks,
Dean

-- Making sawdust is what I do best



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 05-06-2008 12:10 AM

Hickory, thats just my suggestion. I haven’t actually worked with it yet but i have a commision for a frame made out of hickory now and they wanted it modeled off of thier cabinets so i took a look and it is a beautiful wood. its very hard too as i’ve heard so it would be pretty stable. or you could try ebony ;)

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tenontim

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 12:11 AM

The Greene and Greene furniture seems to look best with cherry, but you might consider pecan or hickory. They’re fairly nice to work with.

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FlWoodRat

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#3 posted 05-06-2008 12:26 AM

Why not mahogany?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 02:00 AM

Hi Dean;

With so many choices available it’s like asking what kind of car to buy.

Too many unknowns for us to be of much help with this one.

I’m sure whatever you end up with, it will be beautiful.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 05-06-2008 02:17 AM

i agree with Lee. if you get some nice wood really anything will look beautiful if.

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Greg3G

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#6 posted 05-06-2008 02:58 AM

a lot of Greene and Greene items were built using Mahogany with Ebony and/or Teak accents. This is a beautiful contrast. Here is a link that may help

http://cwis.usc.edu/dept/architecture/greeneandgreene/

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 05-06-2008 03:52 AM

Dean, I am making a bed for my grandaughter out of radiata pine, it will be painted, but could be oiled or lacqured. It is a good price down under and easy to work with.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 05-06-2008 04:53 AM

My general rule of thumb is NO OAK.

The “wow” factor goes up dramatically if it is not done in oak. That is in reference to the standard red oak.

I have a tough time envisioning this in pine too, but I really don’t make anything in pine because it is too soft.

You have to think that this may also be a portfolio piece in your house and what do you want people to see when they look at it.

Hickory with black walnut accents would be pretty cool.

My experience with hickory is that it takes a long time for any sanding that you have to do because it is so hard.

Black walnut with maple or sycamore would be smokin’ hot. But I saw that you did not want anything dark.

Good luck with your decision. I look forward to the finished project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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GaryK

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#9 posted 05-06-2008 05:30 AM

I vote for mahogany and ebony the same as Greg. Two of my favorite woods.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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