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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 08-19-2010 08:49 AM 985 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2010 08:49 AM

Good day,

I’m designing a library wall with a built in slant top desk. Im fixated on using some really great fiddleback maple veneer I have as the panel on the front of the desk. I’ve been playing around with Dye and Liberon finishing oil on the maple and made a color that really makes the figure pop and goes very nicely with walnut. So now the question is style. Finally, my question; would walnut and fiddleback maple be appropriate materials for mission style? I’m talking about the desk mostly with perhaps frame and panel end caps on the shelving.

Any and all thoughts would be welcome

-- Ken

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 09:31 AM

I’m no expert on the subject but I did recently build this picture frame using the same two woods. Have a look. I think they look great together but I couldn’t say if they suit mission style or not.

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 06:23 PM

Hey Greg,
Thanks the combination looks great together. Nice job on the frames, they look fantastic

-- Ken

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 07:09 PM

Here’s the widget of Greg’s picture frame – nice work, Greg!
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Ken, if you are asking if fiddleback maple and walnut were traditionally used together in mission style furniture … I don’t think they were, at least not that I’ve heard of. But I don’t think you should let that hold you back. Most new designs and styles are a combination of previous designs and styles. There’s no reason you can’t use the construction methods of the victorian style and the designs/colors of art deco. The trick is to make it look good!

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 08:55 PM

Thanks Peter,
Your point is well taken. My first woodworking shop teacher said I would never see furniture the same once I became a furniture craftsman. He was totally right. Your feedback is a reality check, thank you. Yeah, making it look good that is what it’s all about.
I’m thinking the tone of the dye on the fiddle back maple really looks good against oil rubbed walnut, so I’m going to go with it. I’ll post photos when it’s done.

-- Ken

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