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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 12-18-2009 05:00 PM 1391 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2009 05:00 PM

Here is something I have been curious about for awhile. Fresh cut, walnut and cherry look great together in my opinion – but does anyone have an example of what they look like together after a few years when the cherry has completely darkened?

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 10:59 AM

An interesting question. I’ve been playing around with some cherry in my shop and was surprised at how much a piece darkened in just a few days sitting in direct sun. Does maple darken that much over time?

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 08:46 PM

I think they look fantastic together over time, but the contrast becomes quite subtle.

Maple can darken somewhat over time (depends a lot on what you finish it with), but not typically to the extent that cherry does.

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 02:38 AM

I love the two together. As the Cherry ages and darkens, it seems to marry itself to the walnut. As pmayer said, a very nice subtle contrast.
Another wood I love with Cherry is Butternut. There should be a law against staining either one of these! LOL.

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 04:49 AM

I have really noticed a difference in our walnut floor over the last 4 years. Seems like there was very subtle change during the first 4, but we really notice a distinct “lightening” of the walnut lately.

I always thought it was interesting that when exposed to sunshine, cherry and walnut would react in a totally opposite direction.

(My father in law told me in no uncertain terms that he disliked the floor and it was much too dark, a big mistake when we installed it. Now he thinks it is very nice… :)

Mark, I have had quite a bit of maple exposed to sunshine and it doesn’t change color nearly as much as the other two.

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