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Forum topic by JasonIndy posted 03-22-2009 03:53 AM 894 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2009 03:53 AM

Hey guys/gals,

I’m enrolled in a woodworking class now and we’re starting our project next week. I’ve picked out a simple wall-mounted cabinet and was thinking of doing the sides in walnut and the shelves in ash. I thought the dark/light contrast might look sharp. Does anybody have any suggestions on if this is a good combo, or could they possibly recommend any wood that’s easier to work with for a beginner, in the event that either of these are difficult to work with? Any replies would be appreciated, thanks!

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 04:08 AM

I like working with walnut but you don’t want to mess up much. It’s kinda pricey. Sure would show a contrast. If you can, get a little of each wood and hold them close so you can see how the look together before you drop the bucks.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 05:14 AM

Might also take into consideration how the color may vary depending upon your choice of finishes. So I would suggest having several samples of each and try out different finishes in addition to Gary’s suggestion.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 06:33 AM

I am working on a lego table right now out of Ash and Walnut. I think they look real good together.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 06:34 AM

Both Ash and Walnut machine very well, I have had good luck with both woods in the past.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 05:37 AM

Hey, thanks for all the replies everybody! If I can figure out how to cut and paste when I get it done I’ll see what I can do about posting it…

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