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12-01-2012 07:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry purpleheart padauk workbench colors question

Below are photos of the three samples I placed beside a freshly planed piece of beech which will will be the main lumber for my bench. I am looking for a contrasting color for the dovetail end caps, leg vise, maybe the dogs, deadman, etc.

Thanks for sharing your opinions, it may influence which direction I will lean… listed in no particular order.

Option 1 – Freshly milled piece of Padauk – the color will darken and end up a rich burnt orange / brown

Option 2 – Purpleheart – color will be brighter purple to start with, then fade to a browner hue.

Option 3 – Cherry – color will darken with age, more like the cherry handle color on the plane.

I will be buying the material, and only need about 20-30 board feet, so not too worried about the price, so don’t factor that into your decision, or if you have other options you like, I would like to hear them too!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 07:59 PM

I vote for the Padauk Randy.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 08:08 PM

In my mind there is NO Option; Option #1 (paduak)!

BTW: YOU must obey/honor your namesake!!! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 08:15 PM

Padauk is nice for contrast. Go with it.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 08:15 PM

In the order of preference:
1) padauk
2) cherry
3) ...
10) purpleheart
I just don’t like purpleheart. It is unusual and striking, but it’s color does not go well with most woods.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 08:18 PM

1. padauk
2. purple heart

-- Joel

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 08:26 PM

Paduak, cherry, purpleheart.

I hope you’ll blog the bench build, Randy.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 08:30 PM

Paduak, purpleheart, cherry

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-01-2012 08:30 PM

I like the Cherry best.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#10 posted 12-01-2012 08:41 PM

Cherry here.

-- jay,

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 08:45 PM

Paduak, cherry, purple heart here as well.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 08:52 PM

I vote for the cherry, but that’s because I prefer more subtle contrasts. The paduak is beautiful wood. Like others, I’d stay away from the purple heart.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 12-01-2012 08:53 PM

Paduak, cherry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . purpleheart. I’m just not a fan of purpleheart. I have always used cherry in the past for contrast, but only because I didn’t consider paduak. Paduak starts with the color I always hope the cherry will achieve with age—so why wait?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 12-01-2012 09:36 PM

I like the cherry Randy. Not as “in your face” as the others. Good luck and look forward to seeing it completed.

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#15 posted 12-01-2012 09:36 PM

Padauk, I like purpleheart but I think the padauk will look better. The cherry will work if you aren’t looking for to much contrast

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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