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05-23-2010 01:44 AM

Hello every one I need some help what wood would match with oak. Like walnut and maple.I could use some help thanks

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 02:14 AM

Personally, I don’t like anything with oak other than more oak … preferably quartersawn with lots of rays. But, depending on the project, I might bring in another open pored wood like walnut or ash.

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 02:18 AM

I’ve used red oak and bubinga together. the contrast isn’t intense, but they do look good together. I’ll post pic if I can find my camera.

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 02:53 AM

Walnut and maple go great with oak if it is paired correctly.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 02:55 AM

I also like the Walnut / Oak combo.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:19 AM

It depends what your putting it on. I like clear maple for contrast of grains and perhaps ebony

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:42 AM

I noticed an atricle in a recent Fine WoodWorking article on using different colored woods. I was browsing in a bookstore so I do not have the issue. It was just in the last couple months. It might have soem useful information.

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 04:09 AM

Thanks everyone

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 04:10 AM

I love using walnut and oak. As long as oak is the predominant wood.
Also if the oak has enough of a gold tone some maple can go quite nicely.
I also have used cherry in the case of some red red oak.

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 04:56 AM

Oak, preferrably red, is like a nice pair of black pants-it goes with anything as long is they are the focal point, like that woodworkingguy says above. The shirt can be nearly anything from maple, walnut, poplar, or even pine. Just today I wore a Jatoba shirt with my red oak pants and it turns out its a great match. I doesnt matter what color your boxers are as long as you wear oak!

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 06:54 AM

that was possibly the best description of wood i have ever heard hahaha

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 03:19 PM

It’s all a matter of personal taste. I like to add some accents to a piece made predominately of oak. I don’t like giving equal prominence to oak and another wood. For those accents a number of woods work well. I particularly like bloodwood, bubinga, african blackwood, gabon ebony and wenge.

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 03:26 PM

My personal favourites that I’ve seen with oak are ebony and wenge. Walnut can be good too, especially if it is a deeper walnut.

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#13 posted 05-24-2010 07:28 AM

All depends on what you are making with it. The Color & Type of Wood is part of the “Design” of the piece.

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 11:33 PM

Wouldn’t it depend what sort of finish you’re using on the oak? I mean, what goes with oak+tung oil is very different from what goes with oak+dark stain.

Personally, I’m considering trimming the red oak desk I’m working on in a darker wood, but won’t make a decision on the trim till I’ve finished the oak.

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#15 posted 06-05-2010 04:29 AM

Well everyone thanks for take the time to post your comments all very good . I was at my wood store and was looking around at all the wood and came cross some purple heart and thought that wood go good for what I’m doing when finished I will post some pictures .

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