Need suggestions on wood type for legs on an ash bench.

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Forum topic by BrodyMc posted 07-02-2019 11:40 AM 513 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2019 11:40 AM

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I’m having issues on deciding what kind of wood to use for the legs on the ash bench I am making I want to do something that pops a bit but I cant put my finger on what I’d like to use I thought hickory, maple or walnut since i have those readily available around me but the contrast just doesnt play out right in my head. Any help is much appreciated in advance and I will try to respond as quickly as possible as I work on a few other projects

-- McKay Woodworking

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#1 posted 07-02-2019 11:48 AM

If you really want a contrast, walnut is what comes to my mind. For even more contrast you could ebonize a wood either with a black ebonizing stain or using the vinegar and steel wool ebonizing solution.

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#2 posted 07-02-2019 12:09 PM

Thank you that definitely helps! I wasnt to sure about the walnut but I’m glad someone else thinks that it would look good with the ash.

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#3 posted 07-02-2019 02:26 PM

I did a cutting board with ash and walnut. I like the contrast.

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#4 posted 07-03-2019 12:11 AM

My workbench has an Ash top and is trimmed in Walnut. I used 4×4 Douglas Fir for the legs and various support parts and painted them.

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#5 posted 07-03-2019 03:00 AM

Bocote would be my choice. Not sure why but I like it against lighter woods such as Ash and Maple. Its not exactly the cheapest or easiest to find but something about that grain pattern makes me want to build a bench with it.

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#6 posted 07-13-2019 08:32 PM

I expect you have done it already, but…
I think you have the pieces backwards. You want the seat dark and the legs light. The other way will just look muddy.

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