I'm about to venture into the world of vacuum bagging veneer. In this case, it'll be bird's eye maple on some doors, but I'm putting it next to legs that will be regular maple. The bird's eye is pretty white, but still seems more yellow than the regular maple I come in contact with. The color differential adds some interest, but I'm afraid the legs will look pale and weak alongside the pretty darn spectacular bird's eye panels. I'm going to put some finish on both to see where I am, but expect to be disappointed with the effect of the two together. Maybe I should consider a very light toner on the legs? Any input?
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor L:
Why not make it easier on yourself and use a different, complimentary or contrasting wood for the legs rather than try to match or tint?
You can often bleach the veneer to make it whiter, but you will often lose grain definition too. So it is best to change the leg color to get it to match the veneer. Short sun exposure will change the surface color quite a bit. However, subsequent sun exposure of the veneer will change it's color too, and a contrast can develop again.