Direction of stripes in Tiger Maple #1: Direction of sripes in Tiger Maple

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Blog entry by cftrucker1977 posted 12-17-2014 12:51 AM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am building a Cherry and Tiger Maple jewelry box. The sides of the jewelry box have a raised panel of Tiger Maple with Cherry frame or stiles and rails. The stripes in the raised panel run horizontal. All of a sudden a light bulb came on last night when I realized that stripes in the drawer fronts which are also going to be Tiger Maple will be running vertical. It seems odd to me to have the side panel stripes running one direction and the drawer fronts running the other. Am I thinking about this correctly or does it really matter? The grain of the wood itself s running in the proper direction….just not the figure in the wood. I am planning on entering this jewelry box in a state fair competition and want it done as correctly as possible. I know I could always make the drawer fronts out of Cherry and eliminate my dilemma but was counting on the contrast in the two woods. Any help anyone can afford me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you I advance…....Joe Snodgrass

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 03:16 AM

If it was me, I would run all the maple strips the same way. (Horizontal) This keeps all the parts looking the same. Are you going to dye the Maple? This will make the strips stand out more. I just finished a 7’ cabinet this way and it looks great. I used maple with stronger strips for the rails and stiles which made the panels stand out more. You are doing the same thing by using Cherry.
Good luck.
I hope this helps.

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