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Cherry / Maple Project

6/25/19       
BH Davis  Member

Over the years I've done an occasional piece of furniture or cabinet using contrasting woods. One was a walnut/ash bench system that was quite striking in appearance.

Now I'm thinking about doing a small galley kitchen with cherry for the face frames and door rails/stiles along with curly maple for the raised panels. I even have some flame cherry on the shelf I could use for the door rails and stiles.

I can visualize this a having a nice appearance in a small kitchen although think it might be a bit much in a larger space. This galley kitchen is about 8' x 12' and only has 9 cabinets total.

Is this a combination anyone here has employed in the past, and if so, how do you feel about the results and do you happen to have photos?

Thanks,
BH Davis

6/26/19       #2: Cherry / Maple Project ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

BH, I have always avoided design like the Plague, Kinda a You goota live with it but it will be built well mentality, so for a little humor (and that is all i have on this) I once built a kitchen for a "Mary Kay Lady" Kitchen cabs were High Gloss Pink Laminate, White solid surface tops, whlte tile on back splash and floor, matching pink furniture, house was pink,,, various shades of pink on all walls ETC. I wanted to Puke every time i went to the house. But hey it was well built and it was Hers ! Me I never told anyone I built it and never took a single photo which as you know is hard for Me LOL. Oh and Yes there was a Pink and White Caddilac Eldorado convertible in the Driveway !

6/26/19       #3: Cherry / Maple Project ...
Tom Gardiner

Years ago I made a blanket box from cherry with a bird's eye maple lid panel. It was one of my first pieces in my Krenov phase (we all did that didn't we). If I have a photo it is on film in a portfolio buried deep in the basement.
The tone of cherry and maple I like together. I would warn against pairing two figured woods for frame and panel. An alternative would be to have cherry lowers and maple uppers. This works better in a modern flat panel euro kitchen. If I ever get it done, my kitchen is to be quartered walnut veneer running horizontally for the lowers and quartered maple uppers.

6/26/19       #4: Cherry / Maple Project ...
Pat Gilbert

Tom reminded me that it is better to have a focal point. A painting will have the focal point detailed out, the background less so.
There might be too much going on in that design.


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6/26/19       #5: Cherry / Maple Project ...
snugthejoiner

aka The Hippie Sandwich

6/26/19       #6: Cherry / Maple Project ...
Scott Sober  Member

Website: http://www.cymafurnituredesign.com

Cherry and Maple age nicely together, just like the Ash and Walnut. I built 19 pieces for one client that utilized these combinations, they have always been pleased.

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