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Stowerscw

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02-02-2019 03:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture question

I’m planning on making the below project and I was thinking of doing the frame and top in White Oak and the side panels and drawer fronts in Butternut but its turns out, no one around me has any Butternut. Do any of you have recommendations for what kind of wood species you would make this in, if you could make it in whatever you wanted?

This project will go in our home office. Also, keep in mind this 3D model was just created for my reference and I didn’t bother modeling in any detail whatsoever so it looks pretty plane right now. ;)

Edit: What if I just did the whole piece out of cherry instead??
this is the first piece of office furniture I will have made so I dont need to worry about matching anything just yet.

I’m basically re-creating Mike Pekovich’s Low Dresser from Fine Woodworking magazine (issue from Aug/July 2015)


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#1 posted 02-02-2019 04:18 AM

It’s a nice piece. I think you should try to make from the same wood as Mike did.
Or change it so much it doesn’t resemble the Original.
When you hear a song you like do you think you can change the words and make it sound better. No !
Good luck it’s a nice piece to have.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 02-02-2019 06:32 AM

You could make it all in White Oak, and the pieces you would like a accent color, you could stain those pieces to the color you like. Food for thought. My wife loves hickory, So the top, side panels and drawer fronts would be hickory. With the frame (stiles and rails) It’d be a wood I could stain a dark brownish accent.

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#3 posted 02-02-2019 06:43 AM



It’s a nice piece. I think you should try to make from the same wood as Mike did.

- Aj2

Thanks AJ, yeah that makes since! Unfortunately, the wood I want to do it in is what he used as well. I just cant seem to source any of the butternut :/

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#4 posted 02-02-2019 06:48 AM



You could make it all in White Oak, and the pieces you would like a accent color, you could stain those pieces to the color you like. Food for thought. My wife loves hickory, So the top, side panels and drawer fronts would be hickory. With the frame (stiles and rails) It d be a wood I could stain a dark brownish accent.

- WoodenDreams

not a bad idea! I generally try and stay away from any deviations in my finish process in fear of messing something up but this may be a good time to branch out! I wonder how bleached cherry would look next to the oak in 10 years??

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#5 posted 02-02-2019 06:54 AM

Ok what state are you located. Maybe we can help you’ll find some it just takes time.
Butternut is very lite airy wood. I’ve done some carving in butternut maybe some wood carvers in your area will have a source.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 02-02-2019 07:01 PM

The availability of butternut has been severely affected by wood boring insects.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#7 posted 02-02-2019 08:09 PM

Thanks for all the replies! I ended up getting some white oak to get me started and maybe I’ll just do the drawer fronts in white oak as well or maybe ash or cypress. Anyone of you seen those two woods pair well together before?

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#8 posted 02-04-2019 03:24 PM

Issue #211 of Fine Woodworking had a nice article on complementary woods. Also, do a google search on complementary/contrasting wood. You’ll find lots of ideas and suggestions.

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#9 posted 02-05-2019 03:21 AM



Issue #211 of Fine Woodworking had a nice article on complementary woods. Also, do a google search on complementary/contrasting wood. You ll find lots of ideas and suggestions.

- bilyo

Thanks for the recommendation. I just finished reading that article online and they have some great suggestions. thanks again!

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