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    box for a friend

    Going to make a jewelry box of sorts for a friends daughter, she's like 9 or 10. They live in the same town where my daughter is going to college and have been a blessing to her and more so me! Got the top panel glued up this morning. It's some spalted maple I milled I think last year maybe. Still haven't decided on what to make the actual box from, kind of leaning toward cherry.

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    That's some great wood to start with cherry would go well with it, looking forward to see what you come up with

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    If I may.

    Maple, spalted or otherwise leans toward yellow, a cooler color. Cherry leans toward red (a warm color)and gets redder as time goes by. Walnut (can be warm in a classy sort of way, but definitely cooler than cherry in color temperature), on the other hand leans toward yellow, and IMHO, makes a much better pairing with the maple. Or some such nonsense. Like I said, JMHO.
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    That's a gorgeous piece of lumber, and I think cherry (or some other species with some red tones to pick up the pink shades in the top... maybe mahogany?) would be a great choice. Be sure to post some pics of the finished product!


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    That's a mighty fine piece of maple, John. It'll sure make a great top panel for a box! As much as I like working with cherry and mahogany, I have to agree with Carol about walnut being a better choice. The spalted maple is the standout piece in this case; the box itself needs to enhance the top, not compete with it. If I were putting a handle on the top, I'd tend toward a piece of walnut with a bit of dark dye to take it down a little.
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    Yep, that there is one purty hunk of cellulose.
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    Beautiful choice. Wait 'til you see how much the finish pops that figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    That's a mighty fine piece of maple, John. It'll sure make a great top panel for a box! As much as I like working with cherry and mahogany, I have to agree with Carol about walnut being a better choice...
    Gotta disagree here. I use cherry with maple (spalted or otherwise) a lot, and I really like the contrast. They look very good together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Niemi View Post
    That's some great wood to start with cherry would go well with it, looking forward to see what you come up with
    Tom, is the box in your avatar cherry and maple?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    Tom, is the box in your avatar cherry and maple?
    the box is jatoba and the top is spalted elm

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