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Forum topic by TonyInPA posted 06-05-2017 06:37 PM 588 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2017 06:37 PM

So I am starting a new project based on the plans for Woodsmith’s Greene & Greene hallway table with slight moderation to the wood type they used. Instead of the Mahogany, I opted to go with Black Walnut and ordered a lot of the walnut already. Then it occurred to me that the Wenge accent pieces they use will likely blend in or not stand out as much against the walnut.

There are 3 woods used (or visible). Mahogany, Curly Maple, and the darker are the Wenge. I’m sticking with the curly maple, replacing the Mahogany with Walnut, and currently looking for suggestions for the contrasting accent pieces. I was thinking about Leopardwood or Zebrawood but thought that may be too much. Lighter wood would be okay except where the handle is… It’s going to be hard to contrast with the handle (which will be walnut against Curly Maple).

Thoughts?

(I started to include a picture but thought it may go against rules for copyrighted material. If you would like a visual reference, I can provide one directly to anyone however, the picture is not my work but rather the image used for Woodsmith’s Greene & Greene Hallway Table plans).

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)


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#1 posted 06-05-2017 09:35 PM

Tony, there is nothing preventing you from providing a link to make it easier for readers to visualize the issue. One thing about walnut is that the color will lighten somewhat with exposure to light over time, so you still might be okay with the wenge. FWIW

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 10:13 PM

Thanks AandC,

So here’s a link to the actual plans which has an image shown.

http://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/greene-and-greene-style-hall-table/

I do have some Wenge that I could always use as a comparison prior to the full build. The accent pieces (except for the shelf at the bottom) seem to come later in the construction and it’s not necessarily a decision I have to make immediately.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 10:50 PM

I like subtle contrast.

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 11:19 PM

I like the Zebra Wood

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#5 posted 06-06-2017 12:11 AM

Go with the Wenge, it will go nicely with the Walnut.

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#6 posted 06-06-2017 12:14 AM

Ebonized walnut

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#7 posted 06-06-2017 10:24 PM

Tony, first, that is a very attractive table; I wish I needed/had the space for one. I, also, like zebra wood and walnut together. My “projects” show a few wenge/zebra wood combinations and there is a tray with maple as well. Sorry, I don’t have any walnut combinations.

-- Art

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#8 posted 06-06-2017 10:41 PM

Stick with maple and wenge. And its “modification,” not “moderation.” Walnut is not a degree of mahogany.

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#9 posted 06-06-2017 10:54 PM

As they say…”Chacun a son gout”.

Definitely not to my taste, but I agree that you should stick with the wenge. There is an initial difference in the color that will increase with time and there is a marked difference in the visual texture of the woods that would set them apart even if they were close in color.

I should add that wenge is one of the most beautiful and yet one of the worst woods I have ever worked with. It is brittle and has open pores so it chips out easily when machining. The wood is well known for throwing off splinters that become septic. Wenge splinters easily and the splinters are nasty.

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TonyInPA

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#10 posted 06-10-2017 05:43 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions. I’m still not completely decided on this yet. I’m leaning towards Wenge and ordered and received a beautiful piece. I have completely ruled out Leopard Wood because it feels a little too “plaid socks with gym shorts” to me.

Art, I did look at your work in your projects gallery and I have to say I absolutely love the Waterfall table you and your son built. Beautiful work!

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#11 posted 06-11-2017 04:28 AM

TonyInPA,

That is two projects down on my list and I hope to start in about a month or so. I plan to use cherry & maple, not sure if I will use a third wood yet and will need to study the plans some more.

For yours, what about a curly or spalted maple? The details could really pop if the finish depth is there.

Looking forward to seeing your results.

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#12 posted 06-11-2017 11:45 AM

WoodES,

I am staying with the Curly Maple for the drawer fronts and Black Walnut for the rails/ legs / top / & shelf. It’s the smaller contrasting pieces that I’m not entirely certain of (knob pulls, shelf supports, recess plugs for top). I am leaning towards Wenge although I keep asking myself how a tight grained zebrawood might look next to the walnut.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#13 posted 06-11-2017 09:44 PM

Tony, thank you for the compliment on the coffee table. :) Here are a couple pix of walnut and zebra wood together. The box was finished with Deft lacquer. A name plate was under the blue tape. Sadly, this box wasn’t my best effort.

I hope this helps you with your decision.

-- Art

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