Building a pair of bedside Mission-style lamps and I'd like a little help choosing what wood to use for the base.
First, let me state, ZERO fancy finishing.... I want to knock this project out quick and hate finishing. So I am simply going to sand to 400 or 600 grit, then buff 2-3 coats of paste wax on. That's it. No stains or dyes. No tinted lacquer, shellac, different types of poly, sanding sealers, etc etc etc. KISS method.
The upper portion will be flat sawn white oak which I already have in stock. So what for the base? My initial thought is walnut, but doesn't walnut lighten with age/UV? The base doesn't necessarily have to be DARKER than the body, I'd just like a contrast. Maybe mahogany? It's got a bit of an orange tint, right?
Exotics could be an option, but I'm not really looking to spend more than about $10-15bdft. Estimating generously, I'll need 3bdft to make two bases. I don't want to spend $60+ on the bases.