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01-05-2014 06:08 PM

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I am in the process of building a box out of cherry for my dad. There will be trim around the base and the lid as well as dovetailed keys at the corners. I would like to use an accent wood for these parts as the rest of the box will be solid cherry. Does anyone have any suggestions or photos of projects where they have combined cherry and another wood? Right now I am thinking maple but thought there might be something else out there that looks cooler.

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 06:13 PM

I don’t have any pictures but I always thought cherry and walnut would look good together.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 06:25 PM

If you want contrast I agree that maple looks great with cherry

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 06:32 PM

Do a google search of “cherry hardwood box” and you should see “images for cherry hardwood box”.

Should give you some ideas.

BTW…I like whats been suggested as well.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 09:11 PM

Oh my any figured maple, and my personnel fav is Bird eye Maple.

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 01:08 AM

+1 on birdseye maple or curly maple.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 01:50 AM

A while back I seen a photo (probably from another lumberjock) of kitchen cabinets made with white quartersawn oak and cherry. The differences/contrast of the two woods was subtle and looked very nice. A number of factors at work there such as grain patterns, finishes, etc… It did appear to be a soothing, calm appearance.

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 02:01 AM

Maple is my preference as well. Remember that the cherry will darken A LOT with time.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 02:26 AM

Walnut will contrast nicely with Cherry But as gfadvm pointed out over time the Cherry will darken. As long as the Walnut is heart wood it will look very nice. You can’t go wrong with Maple however.

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 03:19 AM

Wenge would be a better choice as a dark contrast wood for cherry. Walnut might be OK, depending on whether it’s a really dark specimen. I built several pieces of furniture with cherry as the primary and black walnut as the trim and it still looks good, but it would have been better with wenge. I’ve used wenge as an accent wood on a claro walnut table and the contrast remains after several years.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 04:09 AM

I’ve always thought maple/cheery and walnut/cherry go well together. My first choice is maple/cherry, As cherry darkens with age and the contrast can be stunning.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#11 posted 01-06-2014 04:17 AM

This google search on maple and cherry gives lots of good examples.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 01-06-2014 05:45 AM

I used Oak with cherry to accent my wine tilts, I liked the end result. Also to consider if you just need a small accent would be ebony.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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