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Forum topic by smartlikestick posted 03-30-2011 02:31 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2011 02:31 AM

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Hey all.

I’m planning my next project to be the bed In the link. Mahogany is quite pricey and I’m wondering what alternates would look good. I was thinking jatoba but it might be too red. Obviously cherry would be ok, but what do you guys think of beech?

Sound out your thoughts and let me know


-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 02:42 AM

well maple is always a good choice you could also use ebony plugs, or maybe walnut, and i like lyptus its a in between cherry and mahongany

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 04:39 AM

If you wanted to match the look of mahogany, I’d shoot for walnut and give it a nice red dye. That link looks a bit G&G-ish.. Isn’t cherry used for that usually?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 04:53 AM

I made a crib bout 5 yrs ago with beech in place of maple. I was very pleased with the appearance of the wood (small brown flecks through an even grain). It held up well and is now converted to a standard single. Pick up a small board and see how you like it in another smaller project.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 02:31 PM

Beech is a great wood but not respected so much in the US do to the popularity of other hardwoods. Super strong, nice color, and resistant to dents (i.e. hard). It is very popular for furniture in Europe.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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