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bcwoodworking

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01-14-2012 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut maple

I am currently working on a shadow box for a customer. I have drawn it up and they have approved the drawing. The questions is (which the customer, they tell me to use my judgement they trust me. WOW now thats scarey.) Anyway i am thinking of using 2 types of wood. Walnut and Ambrosia maple. The question is should I use the the dark wood for the body and light wood to the details or the opposite?

-- Patrick Craven (BCWoodworking of NC)


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David Grimes

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 04:01 PM

The color of the surrounding wall may influence your decision for wood contrast.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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kizerpea

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 04:21 PM

depends on the customers taste..what does the room look like where it will be displayed, an build to go with.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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bcwoodworking

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 04:38 PM

The walls are med. color and the other furnishings are oak, but the customer gave me the walnut to use to save money (been in his barn for 15 yrs.) but they like light color woods. Like oak!!! I am going to use the walnut but trying to come up with a way to to lighten up the piece without just not using the walnut. They already have one and it is very dark but this one is for a forth generation soldier (their daughter) I have been on line and they are just plain, so I want to make it stand out from all the rest. I have the ideas in my head just trying to figure out if I should go light or dark. I am not going to charge for the peice anyway even though they think I am. Its the least I can do for one of our solders.

-- Patrick Craven (BCWoodworking of NC)

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 04:51 PM

The beauty of Ambrosia maple is in the patterns in the wood. You won’t appreciate the patterns if the wood is reduced to being used as small accent pieces. In fact, the stains in the wood may just look like little imperfections on the trim pieces.

Recently, I wanted a reddish colored accent piece. I have some great wavy bubinga but decided to go with bloodwood. The waves in the bubinga would not show up well in small trim pieces.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 04:56 PM

Well, we’ve all got a 50% chance of being right, so I vote light body and dark details

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Lee Barker

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 06:54 PM

In these situations I lean toward using dark on the perimeter and light in the center. It seems to give the piece more clarity, visual strength and definition.

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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#7 posted 01-14-2012 07:14 PM

I second the light body and dark details. But my real determining factor is what wood is cheaper? if it looks great both ways but costs less by doing one configuration then do the cheaper way and save the customer and yourself a buck or two

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 07:59 PM

I don’t mean this in a contrarian way, but if the difference is a buck or two, and you’re being paid adequately, I’d vote to let art win.

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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#9 posted 01-14-2012 09:48 PM

Do your best and make that customer happy. Others will ask who did that. It comes back to you. We all have only one reputation. Spend it wisely.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#10 posted 01-14-2012 10:26 PM

I tend to favor the light wood w/ dark accents as just more aesthetically pleasing, generally. There have been exceptions though.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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bcwoodworking

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#11 posted 01-14-2012 11:15 PM

Thanks guys and gals. will post the finished product!!!!!!

-- Patrick Craven (BCWoodworking of NC)

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Tootles

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 02:51 AM

You said you were given the walnout, I presume in adequate quantities, to save money. If the cost of the maple is significant, perhaps it should be predominantly walnut. And if the cost of the maple is not that significant, how about making two exact opposites? If you are setting up machines to do the job, making a second really shouldn’t add much to the basic construction. Then just play around, have a look and ask the customer before completing the assembly and finishing of the one that is selected.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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bcwoodworking

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#13 posted 01-29-2012 02:29 PM

Ok just to let you guys see the progress and and how I have desided to move forward with the Shadow box.

-- Patrick Craven (BCWoodworking of NC)

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