Figured wood

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Woodshopfreak posted 2376 days ago 869 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Woodshopfreak's profile


389 posts in 2376 days

2376 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question oak veneering shaping modern

I am building a jewlery box with red oak, and I was wondering if anybody knew of a really nice looking figured wood that would work well, and look good with oak. I want to make the top with a bevled frame of oak and then cut a dato into the frame and put a veneer of some really cool figured wood. Possibly a burl, or some kind of quilted wood. I am open to suggestions. I also want to know of any kind of advice on what to do with the feet, or trim, depending on what I’ll end up doing. I want it to look modern, with a little spice though. I was thinking mabey make a rounded over trim peice for the bodom with a dark wood, but I don’t know if that will end up looking good or not. Advice would be great. I will post pictures of the jewlery box soon hopefully. Thank you so much.

-- Tyler, Illinois

7 replies so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


15691 posts in 2852 days

#1 posted 2376 days ago

As far as a veneer that would contrast well with oak, how about a roseood like I used on this project:

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

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 2622 days

#2 posted 2376 days ago

Well, since oak is a light colored work you want something a darker to show off both woods.

If you can find a piece of crotch walnut that would go along with it great.
It’s a native wood so you should be able to find a good piece.

You can see what it looks like here:

If you want some ideas look at some of the bokes I and Lumberjocks onthis site have made.
Don’t worry about copying anyone’s design. Imitation is the best from of flattery.

The feet is a design choice that will be based on the type of box you make and what you are going for.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Karson's profile


34870 posts in 3034 days

#3 posted 2376 days ago

If it’s red oak some Madrone Burl veneer might look great. It’s almost a cherry color, but doesn’t age like cherry.

This is some on ebay.

If you think it might work. I can send you some. Give me the size you’d need. It’s usually thicker than normal veneer so it might not bend too well if that is a requirement.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

View rikkor's profile


11295 posts in 2508 days

#4 posted 2375 days ago

Like Gary said, there are a lot of examples of very nicely made boxes that can be your inspiration. Hard to beat the price Karson is charging.

View Mario's profile


902 posts in 2685 days

#5 posted 2375 days ago

WOW beautiful wood Charlie

-- Hope Never fails

View EaglewoodsPres's profile


53 posts in 2364 days

#6 posted 2364 days ago

I have used purpleheart as a contrasting wood for oak alot. Especially on smaller boxes. I will try to get a picture up on our gallery. It’s a little contemporary, but it looks good with the oak.

-- Chris ( )

View mrtrim's profile


1696 posts in 2514 days

#7 posted 2353 days ago

one of my favorites with oak other than walnut (already mentioned ) , is mohogany .


Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase