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distrbd

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05-10-2014 01:01 AM

I’m in the process of building a kitchen island,so far I have made the top out of Ash,the two shelves ,apron will be made with Cherry,but what I have available for the four legs (3”x3”x36”) is oak,I’m not sure if I should mix 3 different species of wood in one project .

Do you think (aesthetically speaking), oak will not be a suitable wood if combined with Cherry ?
I could laminate two pieces of Cherry for legs ,other option would be to cover the oak with thin layer(1/4” thick) of Cherry but these two options both will have visible glue lines which I’m trying to avoid.

If Oak legs would not look pleasing to the eye ,I’ll probably will search for solid(3”x3”) Cherry .
What do you think of Oak and Cherry and Ash combination?
The kitchen island will be something like the picture bellow:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada


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#1 posted 05-10-2014 01:05 AM

The ash and oak will look so similar you could probably stain them the same and nobody would know the better, assuming you plan to stain. (Disclaimer, I could be wrong about that.)

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#2 posted 05-10-2014 01:08 AM

Personally, I prefer not to use more than 2 types of wood on a project. I have used 3….. White Oak, Cherry and Walnut, but I picked out Walnut and Cherry that was a light as I could get it, Black Walnut sap wood worked great. The oak was White Oak, so was already pretty light.

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 01:11 AM

Ted,the ash (table top) will not be stained just treated with mineral oil,the Cherry ,I was planning on just using tung oil on,then left to darken.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 05-10-2014 01:12 AM

I just ran the math. 9.4

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#5 posted 05-10-2014 01:17 AM

Dallas,the oak is whitish in color ,very close to the ash but still the pores on oak will make it look different from the cherry shelves,or maybe it doesn’t matter?

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 05-10-2014 01:39 AM

I made this over 22 years ago when we had little kids. It should serve the grand kids just as well.

Excuse the mess!

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#7 posted 05-10-2014 01:44 AM

On a more serious note, if you incorporate the different species in multiple elements of your build, I think it tends to look deliberate. Helps to balance the piece.

I just built my workbench (bench done, but still lacking an end vise) with walnut and maple, and I think it looks good together. Cherry and oak can be blended as well. Maybe a couple pieces of oak incorporated into your table top, if it isn’t too late. Even an inlay or band.

Mr Jinx… That is some fine looking cabinetry and counter tops.

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 01:45 AM

Mess? What mess?

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I made a jewelry box out of Brazilian mahogany, white oak, sapele, and cypress.

I personally like contrast. Depends on if it fit in your decor.

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#9 posted 05-10-2014 01:58 AM

If the oak and Ash look that similar, go for it. Use the Cherry as a contrast or a counterpoint. I would work at either dying or staining the Oak and Ash so they are really close but much lighter than the Cherry.

This is only an opinion, and I have been influenced by my dad and grandad. YMMV, Objects under T-shirt may be larger than they appear. Do not try this at home, we are professionals and get paid to do stupid stuff.

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#10 posted 05-10-2014 02:13 AM

Buckethead, Thanks.. Any flat surface, including our stairs tend to be a magnet for stuff we don’t know where to put right away.

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#11 posted 05-10-2014 02:14 AM

Thefridge, jewelry box out of Brazilian mahogany, white oak, sapele, and cypress? too late, you are judged,just kidding,do you have a picture of the box?

Mr jinx,I like the combination.
Buckethead,Walnut/maple should look good,that’s why I’d like to limit to two types of wood ,like maple/cherry,but the oak is throwing me off.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 05-10-2014 02:21 AM

Dallas,if I stain the table top,will it be safe for food ? it is a kitchen island after all and it will be used as a cutting board like a butcher block,that’s why I thought mineral oil would be safe ..

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 05-10-2014 03:25 AM

I’ll post one in the next couple hours.

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#14 posted 05-10-2014 03:39 AM

Distrbd, check out Red’s workbench. If not his bench, I know he has one piece of shop furniture at least which incorporates oak and cherry. It looks pretty sharp IMO.

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#15 posted 05-10-2014 04:11 AM

Ken, I have a somewhat similar combination for my kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The frame, sides, doors and drawer faces are cherry and oak with maple accents. I stained the oak a cherry color so the oak and cherry are the same color, just different grain patterns and the top is a different color—in my case marble tops with cherry-stained oak trim. I think it looks fine, not muddled at all.

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