|Forum topic by Wannabe WoodWorkers||posted 10-05-2015 10:11 AM||314 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
10-05-2015 10:11 AM
Short version: Will it look stupid if I have maple beams going into doug fir posts?
Background: I have ambrosia maple 2×4 (roughly) that I want to use for the beams and some 6×6 douglas fir posts that I want to use for legs. Customer (who does not know much about wood) has signed off on this, the fir was locally harvested from a place of interest and they like the maple. We’ve spent a lot of time going back and forth on the design, they’re one of my first customers so I want to make sure that they get what they want while at the same time sell some of my lumber. If it were me I would have thrown in some walnut accents to show off the joinery and transition b/w the two types of wood but three species is too many for the customer. I have this nagging feeling that I’m letting them make a bad decision by being limited to the wood I have in stock and that as the fir oranges over time it’s going to clash with the maple. Maybe I should bleach it or something to prevent it from oranging over time?
Bonus question: The doug fir 6×6 has some splits and cracks, not falling apart but they aren’t looking for the rustic look. Is there something cheaper than epoxy that I can use to fill that in with, and then just have a thin layer of black epoxy over the top for visual appeal (which I quite like)? Maybe sawdust and basic wood glue for the bulk of the filling
TIA, you guys are awesome :)
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