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Constrasting woods

I'm just getting started it this stuff and I already have a list of things that I want to do. One of the first things is an end table.... I wanted to look somewhat simple and make it out of Mahogany but want to have the top be a curry maple "framed" in Mahogany (if that makes sense).... I'm concerned that there is too much of a contrast between the two woods. Would it look ok? What else might be a good combination?

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Well I think you have a very good idea there and think it would like great. You will see lots of projects with contrasing woods and they look great.
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I agree - the contrast between Mahogany and curry maple should be really nice.

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Maple should contrast well, but if you're concerned about too much contrast, finish the maple with an oil base clear coat. The oil base adds a golden brown hue that will tame the contrast a little. Water base won't add that hue.
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My new found love is maple. i love Maple and Walnut combo!
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Combo...

The combo should look great... If you are concerned about too vast a difference finish like was mentioned or maybe using a light stain and then finishing it.. That will make the contrast not as drastic... Good luck and great building..

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the contrast should look nice ( i love contrasting woods) be careful however how you do this. Especially if you are framing hardwood to hardwood and attaching to a hardwood base. Wood needs to be able to move in temperature and humidity changes. If it isnt able to move it will simply crack.
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the contrast should look nice ( i love contrasting woods) be careful however how you do this. Especially if you are framing hardwood to hardwood and attaching to a hardwood base. Wood needs to be able to move in temperature and humidity changes. If it isnt able to move it will simply crack.
Yeah I've read stuff about that. Do you have any good plans or something that show a good way to do this without cracking?
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best way I know is instead of using maple hardwood for the inside frame use maple plywood or any plywood for that matter if you want curly maple. You can vaneer the plywood with the curly. Alterantively you can leave it a loose frame and just a dab of glue in the centers to hold it. for mounting to legs use figure 8's
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What about a spalted maple wood combination?
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Maybe i build it something like this
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/ww_ant...274506,00.html
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