I am thinking of doing some more inlay, and I thought I would ask what
woods people like to mix. I know maple and cherry are very good to
mix for example, as they have almost identical toughness and expansion
properties, and their colors are different enough to make some nice
patterns. What else do people commonly use?
The consideration I use is: What do I have on the shelf? Scraps of
walnut from the last project (dark) go into light woods such as oak or
cherry. I've used cedar and fir, poplar as a light wood, just
whatever I had. I no longer live close to a store with exotic wood,
so I use the scraps I have. With limited experience, I have had no
problems with compatability of woods. Maybe I've been lucky!
Hope this helps.....
I've never tried it, but I would be very worried about mixing say
cedar and walnut. Because walnut is much harder, if you ever tried to
sand the two smooth, you would end up taking off more cedar than
walnut, and end up with a bumpy surface. I'd also worry about
expansion and contraction cracking the wood over time. Maybe I'm just
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