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Daniel21/09/2009 16:22:18
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I'm going to build a cabin bed for one of my offspring..
 
For the bedsides, I would like to use birch ply, and will sand and finish it using varnish, i.e. keeping it as natural as possible. What timber would people suggest for the bed legs to compliment the ply?
 
Thanks
 
Daniel
Delete21/09/2009 17:46:25
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Daniel
 
The Ply when varnished will yellow up a little. A redwood possibly  would give a good contrast (Sapele or Mahogony if not too pricey)and add some richness to the project.
 
Roger
Andy Bell21/09/2009 20:48:10
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Though I'd best point out to avoid confusion - Birch ply will be just a bit lighter in colour to "redwood" (pine),  I'm sure Rodger meant a red wood.
Have you considered using a dye on softwood legs to give a contrast.
 
I used birch ply for my spiral stair treads, the edges finish well, much better than standard ply.
 
Andy
Big Al22/09/2009 06:21:56
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Maple, sycamore or white ash would work well with the birch ply, with the maple being the closest match to the ply.
 
Al 
Daniel22/09/2009 13:53:05
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Thanks for the replies.. I've just come across this place in brighton, which offer reclaimed timber, so I'm going to take a look and see what I can find. - www.woodrecycling.org.uk 
 
Daniel
Delete25/09/2009 19:59:58
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I did mean A dark Redwood aas a contrast I have found trying to match things is often so hard. So celebrate the contrast and make it a feature.
 
Roger

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