I just scored 60-odd bd ft of beautiful curly cherry. I want to make a
side table, TV table, or pair of nightstands with the wood; depends on
what plans I find. This wood is *so* figured and curly I think it
would be overkill to use it for all visible parts of the furniture. It
would be stunning for the table top, door panels, drawer fronts, that
sort of thing. I am just drawing a blank on what wood to use for the
cabinet frame, rails and stiles, etc. My ISP can not provide access to
rec.binaries.woodworking (or whatever site) to view submissions from
newsgroup reviewers, so I am not able to browse those pictures.
Any ideas on what would go with curly figured cherry? I know this is a
wide-open question, but when I think of, say, oak as the frame wood, I
just can't see it. Maple and cherry might work but I'd need to see an
example of it. Can't get the visual part of my brain around this one.
Any suggestions or URLs for pictures gratefully appreciated.
No urls, but a friend made a beautiful occasional table out of black
walnut and curly cherry. He cut a thick veneer from the cherry, which
he then bookmatched for the center of the table top. The border of the
top, legs and skirt were all black walnut.
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Maple should work nicely. The cherry will darken as it ages,
eventually become darker than walnut (which lightens as it ages, but
don't bet on living long enough to see both woods change that much).
Maple doesn't change much, if at all, so the contrast is greater each
year. Oak is too heavily figure, IMO, so would detract from the
No, oak wouldn't look all that great; you want something without any
pronounced visual characteristics (grain, color, or figure) which would draw
the eye away from the cherry. That means maple, basswood, holly, maybe tupelo
(but it's awfully soft); perhaps boxwood, beech, or birch.
Stay away from anything with a wide, coarse grain or strong color. You want
those pieces to complement the figured cherry, not compete with it.
Just hold a piece of maple up next to the cherry -- should give you enough of
here is a site that has a lot of pictures:
I suppose you could cut and paste to see if you find a combination you
newbie/lurker's two cents: use plain (non-figured cherry) for the
What about plain Cherry for all linear parts and the curly stuff for
any field areas (panels, table tops, drawer fronts? Sometimes
contrasts can look pretty bad on furniture. It takes away from the
Another exotic approach would be to stay in the same color spectrum
and go to Bubinga. Mohogany might be worth a try. The African type
with a little bump of redish dye can be beautiful.
I did a curly cherry blanket chest with curly birch base molding...it's on
my web site..go to "Furniture and Specialty Pieces" and scroll to the
--Richard, Moonwood Enterprises
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