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06-01-2014 02:38 PM

I never done banding before and would like to do it. I checked out bandings and there are many. I hope some of you who do banding may help me start out. What color banding looks good on oak – walnut – cherry – maple? My box lids will be 6×9 and what size size banding 1/4” or more? Thank you for any help.


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#1 posted 06-01-2014 03:58 PM

I always like wood of contrasting colors, so either maple on the light side of walnut on the dark side.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 04:48 PM

You should know that oak has these big open pores that gives
it a coarse appearance. Unless these pores are filled putting
a small-pored wood may look a bit strange in contrast, even
if the color combination is good. I recommend you fill the pores.

I use ebony on pale guitars. It looks great against the blonde
wood. To some extent you can dye pieces of woods like
maple black and it will penetrate enough that you can scrape
the banding down a little to make it flush and the dye will
still be there. A black ebonizing solution can be made by
using rusty nails and water or there’s another method with
steel wool and vinegar.

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