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04-07-2017 12:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: eastern red cedar red cedar cedar table borders dining room dining room table design question help question advice

Hello ,
I had an old eastern red cedar tree beside the house and decided to cut it down and took the logs to the local sawmill. I was amazed at the lumber that came out of the tree along with the gentleman that cut it up. I then hauled it to the dry kiln to get it dried , which it should be back next week. I am going to make a dining room table out of the lumer. I have some 12 inch boards out of the heart of the bottom log that is nothing but pure red with character. Those I will be using for the table top but here comes my question … I want to put a border around the edge of the table to really make the red ” pop ”. What is your suggestion on the type of wood or woods I should be looking at to make the red stand out ? I personally was thinking of select maple but I am afraid that when I put the poly on it over time the maple may turn a yellowish color. I do not want to use water base for the top. ( I do not much care for water base products ) I am afraid that mahogany may be to dark .. I have also thought of putting several different kind of boards together and using that to make the border but I am not sure so what better place to come then a forum where people have more knowledge then me on the subject. Any positive input would be much appreciated.
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#1 posted 04-07-2017 01:05 PM

looking27292 – I made a keepsake box for my niece that was made out of red cedar and I used maple as the accent trim material. Here is a picture after I applied the wipe on clear gloss poly. I think the colors look great together.

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