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12-15-2015 12:08 AM

I was asked to make a high end cradle and it is left up to me what wood to use. I can’t decide between sapele or walnut. Any opinions? Thanks.


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#1 posted 12-15-2015 12:19 AM

Both sound good I tend to favor Walnut.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 12:35 AM

Cherry would be a nice option.

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 01:10 AM

Matt Cremona on youtube just made a walnut and maple one for his newborn, it looks awesome. The one thing I’m curious about is safe finishes. Also could there be potential risks of using walnut and the kid having a nut allergy?

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 01:37 AM

The substance that causes nut allergies is in the nut only not in the wood.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 02:40 AM

Thought about cherry too.

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 03:05 AM



The substance that causes nut allergies is in the nut only not in the wood.

- johnstoneb

Ah didn’t know that.

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 03:14 AM

That’s interesting Bruce. Thanks, I never knew that.

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 03:34 AM

On I did cherry and walnut, will try and shift pics here
http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/rbursek1/media/IMG_4852.jpg.html?sort=3&o=32
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http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/rbursek1/media/IMG_4847.jpg.html?sort=3&o=34
Did T bolts for easy flat break down storage till the next rug rat comes along.

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 03:37 AM

Why not use both? I like walnut I don’t really know much about sapele. Do the two together not make a good combination?

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#10 posted 12-15-2015 02:02 PM

I’m with the cherry crew. It is nice to work with.

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#11 posted 12-15-2015 02:05 PM

Maybe just me but never just grab a wood and run. I would take a sample of your best guess with stain samples to the client and get them to sign off on it. I believe you could set yourself up for a bad situation if they just say “Oh, whatever you like” and say you are the knotty pine kinda guy and they take that moment to figure out that they hate knotty pine. Well if you just made it out of whatever you like then you may be in a jam. Or write in the contract that the option for wood and finish are up to the craftsman. But I wouldnt do that.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#12 posted 12-15-2015 09:12 PM

So I think it will be cherry. Having a hard time finding 2 1/2” thick cherry for the two posts that the cradle hangs from. Anyone know where to get some? If you want to see the design it is the furnitureplans.com design. I didn’t want to do a glue up on a nice piece like this but I may have to.

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