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11-12-2010 08:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut cherry maple lacewood veneering

I am currently working on a Jewellery box/case for my wife for Christmas. I dry assembled the exterior last night and maybe it was the light but something did not look right, maybe too busy I am not sure. I am thinking that there may be too many different coloured woods, the legs are Walnut the case is Cherry the door frame is tiger maple and the panel is lacewood. I was thinking of changing the legs to either maple or cherry. Thoughts???

Secondly, I will be making four small drawers for the inside and want to veneer the fronts with a single sheet of Lacewood, should I make all the drawers and then veneer each front individually slicing what I need from the sheet or veneer a single board and cut the drawer fronts from that?

Any help would be appreciated.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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

I think the species of wood and how many you use is secondary to how “busy” the woods are. I love the simple use of walnut, cherry and maple. The lacewood is the patterned wood that brings it all together. I think you can combine almost any number of woods (within reason!) as long as they are not all “active”.
This looks very nice and I think a clear finish will enhance the woods.
No idea about your second question… those who veneer can probably be more help.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 09:02 PM

The maple door is what’s killing it for me. I think it would be nicer in cherry to match the case. Other than that it looks great.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 09:16 PM

I would leave it as it is. Once you get a finish on it its going to change the colors of the wood and bring them out more. Its hard for me to tell without the finish. Looks fine to me. Nice work

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 09:25 PM

My humble opinion: Either change the doorframe to cherry or change the walnut legs to cherry.
Different strokes for different folks! Still looks good.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 09:31 PM

I heard you can use mineral spirits to “preview” what the wood looks like with a finish on it. Once it dries it will go back to looking raw.
Supposedly it wont affect your finish, but I’ve never tried it.

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 09:56 PM

As for my opinion I think the top is to big, Rest looks good, Like Dan Said the finish will change the look yet again!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 10:52 PM

I think I agree with DaddyZ in that the top is too big. I will try it without or a smaller version.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 01:05 AM

I have to agree with everyone else on the fact that once you seal it the rich colors of the woods will come out. Myself being into intarsia I use all sorts of wood together and love the effect! You might try adding something on the lacewood like a walnut cross to bring it together more.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 01:27 AM

I’m not crazy about the maple but that’s purely a personal opinion. Like some others before, I think I’d like it better if the panel was framed in cherry. As I try and imagine it with finish on it, I get the feeling that it would have a richer tone that way.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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