What wood type inlay would work best for dark cherry?

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Forum topic by Tennwood posted 08-11-2010 06:53 PM 1460 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2010 06:53 PM

I am building a hall table out of dark cherry. Unfortunately the cherry has on large knot hole all the way through in the table top. I am going to put in a bow tie inlay to cover the hole but have two questions (looking for opinions):

1. What kind of wood would look best for the inlay? I have some curly maple that may look good. The cherry is pretty dark so it may add a nice contrast.

2. I know I should add a few more bow ties to give the top some consistency. The table is 34” long and 14” wide. How many bow ties should I put in? The bow tie I am using to cover the knot is 3” long. Should I use the same size throughout?


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#1 posted 08-11-2010 07:11 PM

I mostly gather my own wood or use recycled woods.

With rustic cherry design, I make my dovetail keys with local hornbeam, dogwood or maple. I’ve also used ebonized walnut.

The artistic elements are up to you. I’d cut some bow tie pieces from cardboard and lay them in the places you think your wooden keys will go. This will give you a chance to visualize the final design.

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 04:24 AM

Holly will also give you a lot of contrast…

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