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BTimmons

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09-23-2013 11:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question padauk wenge walnut maple

I’m going to be making a revised version of the jewelry box I did for my wife. The response has been overwhelmingly positive wherever I’ve shown it, and I’m hoping that this go around I can sell one.

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I’m going to be using paduak again for the top, front, and sides. The rear panel will be cherry, in order to conserve exotic material, and no one looks at the back anyway. What I’m struggling with is what wood to use for the accent pieces. The original had wenge for the legs and pulls, but I don’t want to bother with that again because now I’m aware of just how toxic it is!

So the paduak I found has some GORGEOUS figure, with lovely dark mineral streaks throughout. I can’t decide whether I should use some walnut, keeping with the original color scheme, or highly figured maple. Artistically, I can’t decide whether I should allow the legs and pulls to be more subdued and let the paduak speak for itself, or should I just go all Spinal Tap and crank it up to 11 with the maple?

Here’s a shot of the maple, walnut, and paduak together with a bit of mineral spirits.

What would you do?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com


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littlecope

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 11:42 PM

With that choice I’d use the Walnut for the legs and handles…
The maple would look fantastic too, but it seems kind of a shame to “waste” that particular Maple on such small pieces, the curl wouldn’t show as well… I’d save it for another project!
Great looking Box either way Brian!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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tefinn

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 11:53 PM

I second the walnut as well. I don’t think you could really appreciate the maple’s grain in the smaller pieces. If you were going to use the maple in place of the paduak, that would work.

Edit: I just checked out your first one. Love it! Added it to my favorites.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 12:07 AM

I agree with Mike. If you add the maple I think it will start to look too “busy” with the maple and padauk fighting for attention. However, you could make one in maple/walnut and another in padauk/walnut and see which one sells faster. Either combination will be a winner.

-- Art

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DKV

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 12:16 AM

If she puts the box on a dresser in front of a mirror everyone will be looking at the back. :-)

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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Woodmaster1

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 12:28 AM

I am finishing a finger joint box where I mixed paduak and maple looks good together. I like the contrast.

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zzzzdoc

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 12:58 AM

Also just finished a box with padauk and maple and it looks great. But I used ebonized walnut for the accent pieces like yours.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 01:25 AM

I’m going to echo what was said about saving the maple for another project. The dark of the walnut sets off the padauk well – better than the maple would imho

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 03:40 PM

Alright, the walnut has it. I do like the idea of making it a tad darker though. Anyone have any favorite (and cheap) method for ebonizing walnut?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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LakeLover

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 04:14 PM

Black Marking pen.

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BTimmons

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 04:20 PM

Just a marker, huh? I’d heard about the steel wool and vinegar approach. Is there any noticeable difference? Does either approach fade over time?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Don W

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 04:51 PM

ebonizing makes it pretty dark. I’m sure there are a lot of others, but this plane is ebonized walnut.

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Randy_ATX

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 04:53 PM

Brian – that original box is a beauty – added to favorites.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 05:01 PM

I also vote for ebonized walnut, I just tried and it makes walnut almost black like ebony.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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BTimmons

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 07:25 PM

So, any word on how steel wool & vinegar compares to just using a plain black marker? I don’t want any surprises once it’s time to put on the top coat.

Don, that’s a beautiful plane. Pretty sure I commented on that already but it’s worth saying again.

Randy, thanks!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 12:17 AM

Build it and paint it different ways in a “paint” program, or something like that. You can really see how it will look. It’s gonna look gr8, no matter what, i.m.o.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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