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11-07-2010 05:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: purpleheart drawer fronts question grain matching

This afternoon I planed two similar looking pieces of rough purpleheart to find them very different in grain and color.

I thought I had made my decision as far as layout but they are very different and I am thinking it could ruin the look of the drawer fronts or the overall look of the cabinet.

I need to join two pieces to create the size of drawer front I need. These are oversized by about an inch both ways.

What would you do? Here are the boards.

Would you keep the grain running horizintally using both boards, or option two is to use each board for an individual front…

They will only be separated by a 3/4” baltic birch divider.

I don’t know if the photos really show it, but there are major differences.

Ideas? Besides starting over?

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 05:32 AM

I can definitely see the differences. I like the look of the second picture, using one of each type.

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 05:33 AM

It’s easy to see ,I think horizontal looks best

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 05:36 AM

I also thought of ripping the strips down and making a multicolored front…

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 05:37 AM

Change em out or paint them . ;-)
Looks like two different trees.
Windsor Plywood?

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 05:38 AM

That sounds like a lot of work, but I think the effect would be wonderful!

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 05:41 AM

Thanks Bob. :(

Come on over and pick up the scraps… could very well have been two trees, but I looked them over pretty carefully and the rough material was so similar…

Thanks Dragonlady, that’s one of the reason’s I didn’t jump right into it…the extra work part..

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 05:49 AM

Thats another reason I don’t get long with purple heart.
I have a big list now. <g>
Did you consider going 8/4 and bookmatching it?

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 06:05 AM

Bob,

Not with a rack of 5/4 material in the loft…

I left it out in the light overnight, will see what the colors look like tomorrow, maybe it will all be good in the morning, if not, I guess I can paint it. Right.

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 01:18 PM

Randy, I have to paint a step stool chair I muddled up with stain so bad it make me dizzy when I look at it.
Yours can probaly be salvaged by taking another wander up to the loft. Some guys are really lucky. Humpf!

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#10 posted 11-07-2010 07:42 PM

Thanks bently, it doesn’t look like I have enough to do that with those two boards, and I had considered cutting all pieces into strips to make it work somehow. I appreciate your suggestion.

Bob, it seems the harder I work, the luckier I get.
Sorry, couldn’t resist… :)

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 08:57 PM

So, Randy you have the same kind of luck I have!
I swore when I was working 7 days a week, 16 hours aday that if anyone ever called me lucky when it was over I would treat em to and attitude adjustment.

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 08:58 PM

Thickness ?

Resaw and bookmatch ???

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#13 posted 11-07-2010 10:35 PM

bently, you are right. I misread what you had posted.

I started out with 5/4 material (rough), resawed to just over 3/4”, and then while running through the sander realized how different the finished product was going to look, so no chance of bookmatching by then…

I glued them up, and will post photos when I have them installed.

Thanks for the options and ideas.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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