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Forum topic by oxyoke posted 12-29-2011 04:13 AM 1590 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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oxyoke

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12-29-2011 04:13 AM

I in starting process of building a china cabinet for am my wife. I planned on using oak.Then while at work I thought about using cherry for drawer fronts and some trim peices.HAS any of you folks mixed the two types of wood.I wood appreciate your opinions .AS I would like an atta boy from my wife as opossed to a what where you thinking.

-- Bill Byron Center MI


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 04:29 AM

Red or white oak? Actually, I wouldn’t mix those two. Colors and grain don’t mix well to my eye. Cherry & maple work well, but I like CHERRY.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 04:37 AM

steve it is red oak

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 04:55 AM

Ive mixed them before, a few times actually.The latest was a small table. Oak -legs and drawer front.Cherry- stretchers,apron/skirt,top and knob.It turned out pretty cool.I have also made one walnut,cherry and oak.LoL I usually go for contrast.I dont see anything wrong with your idea,maybe throw in some oak knobs/pulls.

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 05:03 AM

I think it would play well together except I would probably fill the grain on the oak as it is so much more open grained than cherry. I think this would make them more compatible.

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 05:48 AM

It’s a matter of taste, of course, so there is nothing wrong if you like the way they look together. My only warning about mixing cherry with other woods is that the cherry will darken considerably with age. So what the woods look like together now is not what they will look like in a few years.

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

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 06:23 AM

I have to agree with fussy on this, I don’t think that oak goes well with cherry. If you want to mix woods, the maple/cherry would make a good combo. Other good combos would be ash/walnut or poplar/walnut.

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 06:30 AM

Interesting question.

My taste says no, something about that combination isn’t right.

Oak and walnut—ok
Maple and walnut—ok
Maple and cherry—ok
Cherry and walnut—ok

Quoting: I planned on using oak.Then while at work I thought about using cherry for drawer fronts and some trim peices.

This will look, I think, like you swept the floor and built it out of what you could find. In general, you want one species to predominate and the other to be small stuff. Drawer fronts different from the carcase will be visually jarring.

This is offered only as my opinion based on years of making stuff that wasn’t so good and learning from it. : )

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 06:31 AM

I also think it is a matter of taste. Probably wouldnt be my first choice, but if you like it, that is all that matters. I agree that maple/cherry or maybe even oak/walnut may be more of a “mainstream” choice. Either way, good luck, and looking forward to pics.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 06:40 AM

Is there a way to look at an image of this combination on some website to get a preview of how different woods look together?

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 10:00 PM

Woodcraft has a little sample kit of small finished pieces of different woods. Or try going to a wood flooring store to compare different woods.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 09:20 AM

I take it from the wood as paint concept. If you have the right piece of oak it can be great with anything, but just a plain oak maybe not so much. Maybe if you had a quartersawn oak with a high figured cherry would be nice… making the oak’s light rays echo the black swirls of a cherry … hmmm. I might try that.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 03:50 AM

hello thank you for all your advice. I am going to stick oak. I will post pictures as i go cause i’ll need more adice as i go.Thanks in advance.

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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