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richgreer

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 06:42 PM

For what it is worth – - The April 2010 edition of Fine Woodworking has an article on contrasting woods. If you can locate a copy I suggest you read it.

Contrary to Charlie (sorry Charlie) they advocate contrast that are not too severe. They even listed some good and bad pairings. For bad pairings they listed purpleheart/maple, walnut/maple and cherry/white ash. (I know I have done several maple/walnuts and at least one purpleheart/maple.)

They also listed 12 good pairings. Only one included ash. It was red oak/white ash.

I’m not saying they are correct. This is very subjective. However, these are self proclaimed experts on the subject.

Regarding movement – If you have any concerns, I would suggest breadboard ends.

I agree with Charlie regarding stains. I just don’t like to use them and I don’t use them unless a customer insist on a particular color. You really are limited on how much sanding you can do. Besides, I want to see the woods natural color.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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