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01-18-2017 03:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood choice walnut maple

I am working on a console table for my hallway and would like to do a walnut top and two walnut shelves. If i make the legs and drawers out of maple is that going to look weird?

All the walnut and maple tables I see have walnut legs and a maple top rather than the other way around.

Why is that?


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#1 posted 01-18-2017 03:45 PM

All the walnut and maple tables I see have walnut legs and a maple top rather than the other way around.

- Mark C

Thus, the more reason to switch it up! I think that would look great!

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 04:40 PM

Cherry and walnut is a nice combo also

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 09:34 PM

Big glue ups I do a dry run sometimes, or you c0uld glue it up in smaller sections then glue up the sections.

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 03:27 AM

What Ron Aylor said ^^^^^

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#5 posted 01-20-2017 04:07 AM

Thanks. This is what I am thinking.

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#6 posted 01-20-2017 04:11 AM

Walnut and Maple are a great combo, go for it.

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#7 posted 01-20-2017 04:17 AM

To me it would look weird.I like furniture that’s quite and simple.
Another thing to consider is maple will loose that nice white color and yellow.
Walnut will loose it’s rich brown color.Walnut mellows out over time.
I’m sure everyone knows this but forgot to mention it.:)

Aj

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#8 posted 01-20-2017 04:27 AM

I would like it a lot more without the bottom shelves. If you were going to use it in a kitchen for storing things it would be fine but for a hallway where it’s decorative I can’t see a purpose for shelves at knee and ankle height. The plank look will add some nice texture to the top.

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#9 posted 01-20-2017 04:30 AM

I was going to use the shelves for shoes. Something to get it all off the floor. I like the functionality but I am concerned that the woods won’t look right together. However, I like Ron’s comment. :)

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#10 posted 01-20-2017 04:49 AM

I like your plan, but I would use walnut for the face frame also. That would keep from having too much maple in the center. I use Walnut and maple for most furniture although I do prefer Birdseye for the maple. As for loosing the color over time, that is wrong. Maybe some satins or dyes will fade over time but not natural wood colors. I never use stains or dyes for any reason.

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#11 posted 01-20-2017 05:18 AM

Wow, papadan that is awesome, you have great photo editing skills. You are right, it looks much better. Would you do the sides with walnut too? I’m guessing so.

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#12 posted 01-20-2017 05:32 AM

You can do the sides in walnut or walnut frame with maple panels.

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#13 posted 01-20-2017 06:34 AM

Walnut frame with maple panels will match the new front. That’s my vote.

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#14 posted 01-20-2017 01:02 PM

Yes walnut and maple look good together and walnut on top will look good. Unless it will be located where the sun shines on it a large part of the day, the wood color won’t shift with time. Unlike papadan, I color (dye) most everything to some extent because to me it improves on the wood’s natural tone and brings out the various grain structure in the wood which we all like. Transtint and Lockwood dyes are pretty resistant to fade used indoors. Kept out of much direct sun, they won’t fade.

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