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01-13-2014 02:24 PM

hello I’m new here as a matter of fact this is my first post. I haven’t been woodworking long, although me and my dad built alot of things when i was younger. anyway to get to the point lol. I ran across a local guy here that has 5/4 cherry boards for 2 dollars a board foot, jointed and planed. I went and looked at it and it was beautiful wood. Look like to good of an opportunity to pass up, so i bought some. I want to build a simple little desk out of it, but i want to put some other type of wood around the edges. What are some types of wood that compliment cherry? I built one desk for a friend that was maple and walnut, and i really liked the dark and light together.

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 02:30 PM

I think maple makes a great complimentary choice of wood either curly or birds eye.

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 02:43 PM

Agree with swoper. I’ve made several pieces with hard maple frame and cherry drawer fronts. Now I’m wondering what a good accent wood would be for a red oak frame.

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 02:46 PM

I agree, maple or any lighter contrasting wood.

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 03:43 PM

Alder and cherry is a nice pairing.

I have done lots with walnut and red oak—a strikingly handsome combination in my opinion.

swoper’s comment raises a question though: If you are featuring one wood and using a secondary wood just to set it off, frame it visually, or facilitate a visual transition, would you want that secondary wood to be figured, say curly or birdseye? Would that distract from the statement you are wanting the primary wood to make, even put them at odds with each other?



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#5 posted 01-13-2014 06:18 PM

Walnut and cherry look good together too.

Cutting board on the left is the contrast of cherry and walnut

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 06:56 PM

I don’t know about where you live, but around here the best wood to complement $2/bf cherry is more $2/bf cherry! Make sure you get as much of that as you can stand!

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 07:09 PM

I agree with Picklehead. At that price point, I hope you cleaned him out (unless prices are very different from where I live).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 07:21 PM

+ 1 for Maple and Cherry. I used cherry as the accent wood on a cherry wine box here –

And yes, buy all of it. Cherry is $5.49 in my area for 4/4 S2S

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