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Forum topic by gpeau posted 06-07-2010 07:52 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-07-2010 07:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question padauk maple cherry

I’m building a picture frame for my father’s bday at the beginning of July and I’m curious what you’d recommend for the types of hardwood. My dad has a ‘68 Mustang – GT 500 Fastback that is cherry red with the white racing stripes on the sides. I bought a old magazine ad on eBay from ‘68, with his Mustang featured and am planning on building a frame around it made of some cherry colored wood, with light/white(ish) wood inlays similar to the striping on the car.

So, my question to you is what type of wood do you recommend to closely match the colors?

Cherry seems like an obvious type, but most of the Cherry projects I’ve seen aren’t atcually that bright of a red. I was thinking Padauk seems to be the right color, but the more I read about Padauk seems as though it browns after a year or so.

I have a bunch of Maple which I could use fore inlays…it doesn’t have to be a perfect white and I’d rather use a lighter natural wood color than paint the white, but am open to any recommendations.

Here’s a link to pics of a similar mustang with the cherry red w/ white stripes:

And while I’m asking questions…what finish would you recommend?

Thanks for your feedback!
Mark (gpo)

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 08:30 PM

In my experience mahogany is very receptive to red stains and dyes.

You may have some luck with wood bleach on the maple, too.

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 08:33 PM

How about blood wood?

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 08:35 PM

If you want that color, why not dye the red part? (Do it all out of maple, some dyed red, some left white.)

If you don’t want to go the dye route, wander through your local exotic supplier, you might find something that works.

(I’m assuming that you don’t want to use paint to get your red color.)

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 11:39 PM

thanks for all the advice. some great tips! i might try and order bloodwood and american holly from i’ll have to try dying wood on another project…I’m sure it takes a lot of trial and error.


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#5 posted 06-08-2010 02:14 AM

Blood wood is a good choice. Redheart is also a good choice.

For white stripes, there are a few woods, maple being the most common, that can be bleached to an almost pure white.

I, personally, don’t like dies. Nonetheless, uffitze is right to recommend maple. It takes die quite well.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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