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01-16-2009 08:01 AM

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Just another newbie question… I’m contemplating my first project with contrasting woods, probably bubinga and maple (ive seen it a few times together, and I love the contrast). My question is, when finishing, do I apply the same finish to the entire project? or do I need to pre-finish the different species seprately?

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 01-16-2009 08:17 AM

Usually it will not matter, the only thing which can happen, but not in your case because of choice of woods is sometimes sanding woods of contrasting colors like maple and walnut (also fine and large pored woods) can lead to the larger poored, darkercolored woods getting stuffed with the dust from sanding. this is especially evident when you ever have tried ebony and maple together the dark fine dust darkens the light maple.

As I said with most wood though, the same finish is working, and usually the only option, especially on jobs where the woods share a flat surface or something.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 02:17 AM

Dan I agree with Nicholas. Generally use the same finish. And be a little careful with your sanding in the areas where the two woods meet…trying to avoid too much crossover sanding. Even though maple is closed grain it could still “absorb” some of the bubinga dust, but I think you’ll be fine.

-- Martin, Kansas

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