Mixed wood is when we take 2 or more different species of wood, and combine them together to create a piece of furniture.
We use a clear wood finish, allowing the contrast between the two wood species to emerge naturally in the design.
These are the three most commonly-employed combinations:
Moses can also create inlays, which embed a second hardwood into another wood—creating a beautiful contrasting effect.
Inlays can be created in simple geometric shapes. They are most commonly created as rectangles, squares or diamonds.
Fluting is an alternating ‘raised and lowered’ pattern in hardwood, it is generally done on the legs or skirt of a dining table.
Border tables are a mixed wood design where the tabletop is created from two different hardwoods, creating a dramatic contrast.
The most popular combination for border tables is walnut and hickory. Border Tables are often combined with a Timber Edge.
A Timber Edge isn’t a mixed wood design, it is a custom table edge that creates an extra-large end cap all around the tabletop. The timber edge replaces the typical table skirt, and serves to hide the leaf storage mechanism and hardware connections in the base of the table.
Unfortunately, utilizing two or more wood stains on a dining table is much more limited than utilizing two different wood species.
Staining different parts of a table in two different colors requires that those table parts be physically separated while they’re being stained. This generally limits us to staining the tabletop, table skirt, and table base in different wood stains.
Here are some examples of what we can do with two different wood stains:
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