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post #61 of 329
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All wood darkens with age unless left outside.

 

Walnut gets lighter, and I think wenge might as well.  

post #62 of 329
I have a many pieces of walnut furniture in my house, it darkens initially and I've yet to see it lighten unless left near a window.

Black walnut is what I would expect most americans are referring to when they speak of walnut (at least on the east coast) and that darkens.
post #63 of 329
Tiger maple gets lighter as it looses dark stain due to oxidation, so not the wood itself but the stain in a wood gets lighter.
post #64 of 329
Every piece of maple I've used for woodworking has darkened, even before finishing.

Most finishes yellow over time which adds to the effect of darkening, but for the sake of discussion I think that should be considered separately.
post #65 of 329
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I have a many pieces of walnut furniture in my house, it darkens initially and I've yet to see it lighten unless left near a window.

Black walnut is what I would expect most americans are referring to when they speak of walnut (at least on the east coast) and that darkens.

 

I agree that UV/direct sunlight is the main factor in wood changing colors.  Lots of new high tech finishes come with a UV blocker, but this wouldn't apply to antiques.   

 

The walnut I was referring to is eastern black walnut.  I have found some purples and greens in some of my walnut, but usually it starts as a chocolate color then goes to a honey brown. I wish it would darken, but based on my last 6 or so projects, it hasn't.  

 

I have a few hundred bd. ft. air drying outside my shop now.   

post #66 of 329
Marshall, the only piece of walnut furniture i've had lighten up has been sitting near a large window for two years. Every other piece has darkened up within a few months of building. Significantly so and i recognize that because I usually prefer walnut to be really dark.

Both oil finished and lacquer finished.
post #67 of 329
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Looks like oak, but a close up would help me to determine it.

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Cherry can be quarter sawn, but doesn't really look like oak.  The grain is more open in oak.  There seems to be a 1/8" line on the top, is that a bevel or a piece of veneer?  It could be that the top has a cherry veneer on oak.

Also I would think a cherry piece that is 80-10 years old would be considerably darker, as cherry darkens with age.  


Here are some closeups of that table, what kind of wood do you think this is?











post #68 of 329
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Medwed, here is a pic of that rug....


post #69 of 329
LOVE it...! Wonderful colors.
post #70 of 329
Collecting antiques doesn't make you gay, but it does make you buy curios.

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The wife and I, ahem, are gradually furnishing our house in the country here, and having fun buying from various local sales and antique shops. My favourite recent purchase is this -

It's a brass string box. I've never seen one in brass before (or since) - apparently it came from an old fashioned haberdashers in Herefordshire (where I bought it from an antique dealer). I love its solid, stately form. No marks on it, but I would guess early - mid 19th C?
post #71 of 329
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Here are some closeups of that table, what kind of wood do you think this is?












Looks like oak, oak usually has that flecking in the grain when quarter sawn.
post #72 of 329
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Looks like oak, oak usually has that flecking in the grain when quarter sawn.

 

Yea, definitely looks like oak.   

 

 

The rug looks beautiful too.  

post #73 of 329
Enough about wood, here is some heavy metal icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #74 of 329
Hah, awesome.
post #75 of 329
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Is that a water jug for Absinthe?
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