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Forum topic by Vince85 posted 10-30-2009 12:50 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2009 12:50 AM

I am planning on making my wife a jewelry box for Christmas. I was planning on making a “cabinet like” box that stands with 2 doors that open. I’m thinking of making flat paneled doors and using 1/4” purlple heart for the panels. I haven’t decided what to use for the primary wood because my wife doesn’t like light colored woods(yea she is nuts I know). I have never used PH but I think using a light wood like maple and staining it dark would defeat the purpose cause I would also have to stain the PH. Any suggestions for a contrasting wood(that isn’t light) or should I scrap my idea of using PH all together.

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 01:02 AM

Use Padouk, it is a dark orange and looks great with PH.

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 01:33 AM

Bloodwood works very well and is bright red. I agree with papadan about Padauk, however, it will darken over time and loose the reddish orange color.

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 01:37 AM

Zebra wood works too. for a little busier look or use all four.

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 04:32 AM

I’ve never tried it before but you have given me an idea to try osage orange and purple heart. thanks

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 06:34 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Unfortunately the wood store I use was out of 1/4” purple heart and not having a planer that idea was out the window quickly so i grabbed some walnut and 1/4” birds eye maple, she will just have to live with the maple because I personally think that is some of the neatest wood.
Thanks again I guess I will just have to wait to use purple heart.

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