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Forum topic by Woodshopfreak posted 02-27-2008 05:23 AM 1306 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2008 05:23 AM

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

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 05:59 AM

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"

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 06:00 AM

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

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 06:13 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 02:13 PM

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.

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#5 posted 02-27-2008 04:56 PM

WOW beautiful wood Charlie

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 05:18 AM

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 ( )

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 01:20 PM

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


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