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07-15-2014 09:41 PM

In the process of building a fine woodworking coffee table. Frame is out of mahogony. Problem is i ran out. I have some hardd maple i could use for th shelf and top. You guys think that would look alright. Or should i go buy more mahohony?

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 09:45 PM

The maple is an option if you want the two tone look. Maybe a bit more contemporary, but I used that combo on a bed I made. I liked it, but that is subjective. If you have the funds and desire the more traditional look…spring for more mahogany.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 09:46 PM

If you were close by, I’d give you enough to finish. But since I’m not, I think you should buy more. Good luck. Post more pics when your finished.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 12:02 AM

I am more of a traditionalist and would complete the build with mahogany since your piece looks like its mission style based. Maple would be a very modern look as was mentioned. What do you want to accomplish with the piece? Is there anything else in the room that would have a similar look?

-- Art

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 12:11 AM

Thanks paul, yea i was thinking more mahogony would be a better bet. This is my fiest arts and crafts piece, i am enjoying the build tremendously. I also have another question about the finish. My 2 bottom rails almost look like they
Are a different color. Almost looks like red oak. Prolly because of the grain orientatio. Is the anything i can do to make these pieves matvh better?

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 12:21 AM

It’s a matter of taste, of course. To me, a table with three legs in one species and the fourth in another looks odd, while a table with the legs in one species and the top in another looks interesting. I suppose there’s a fine line between “odd” and “interesting”, but that’s my 2ยข ;-) My intuition says that it would look nicer with a mahogany top and a maple frame than the other way around, but clearly it’s too late for that now!

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 12:27 AM

If it were mine, I’d get the mahogany.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 07-16-2014 12:56 AM

Actually, I just saw a project come by that is somewhat similar, so you can see what it looks like. It’s a coffee table with a walnut frame and maple top. Of course, walnut isn’t mahogany, and your frame design is a bit stouter, but it should give an idea.

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 01:19 AM

If you still have a little bit of mahogany left, you could use it as inlay or edging, or something for the top and shelf, and tie it together that way. ..Or, you could inlay the maple, or whatever you use for the top in the legs.

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