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Forum topic by Thomas Keefe posted 10-12-2010 12:43 AM 1218 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas Keefe

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10-12-2010 12:43 AM

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I am getting ready to build a sofa table. The legs and apron will be Walnut. I purchased Claro Walnut for the legs but to save money I purchased Eastern walnut for the apron. When I got the wood home and started milling it,
I noticed that the Claro walnut was darker and had a slight green tinge to it. The eastern walnut was lighter in color and had no greenish hue.

I am wondering if over time the colors may become more similar? If not, I guess I will go buy another Claro board for the aprons. Any thoughts? Thanks.


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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 01:54 AM

Claro walnut has a naturally rich look to it. That is why is is much more expensive. It would be best, if you can afford it, to make the piece entirely of Claro. You should be very happy with the results. Remember to be selective when choosing the boards.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 02:24 AM

John is right.

Boards that do not look alike now will not look alike in the future, so whether you go with all claro or not, make sure you are happy with the way the boards look together.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 04:43 AM

I agree with everyone, you are better off to use the same wood for the entire project. I would think that if time changes the color, it probably will change the color of both woods, so you may never get a close match.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 07:04 AM

I agree with all of you with exception that if you intentionally make a contrasting effect, then select a table top and separate the apron color to it. A moulding on the side of the table top will also make the difference and avoid mismatching color of both types of walnut.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 07:48 AM

How about veneering some claro on the aprons to make it match.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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