Complementary wood for countertop on cherry? Iroko? Walnut? Mahog

collins designMay 22, 2009

Having a tough time choosing a wood species..... we wondered if you woodworkers had any input. This is for a plank (not butcherblock) island top aprox 5.5 x 4 in a small room, so it's very visually central and imposing; an important decision!

The kitchen cabs are natural cherry. Ideally we'd like a teak look (have lots of old 50's teak furniture)but can't afford it.

We're afraid that doing a cherry island top will be too much, that we need a bit of contrast. Perimeter counters will be honed granite, probably whitish colored.


Black walnut (too dark? too green?)

Honduran mahogany (too red? and a budget-buster....)

Iroko - supposedly this darkens to look teak-like, but the sample our hardwood supplier gave us is VERY yellow and VERY light, so it's hard to visualize.

Do you have any input? Photos? What looks great with cherry, that's not super dark? WE plan to use waterlox satin finish on it...

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The website below has a list(with pictures of the different woods) on a lot of different woods.

Many are difficult to get or are very expensive(ebony and pink ivory, for example), but there are most all of the wood varieties listed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood species

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 9:50AM
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they make wood countertops with wood recovered from the river, very beautiful.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 10:53PM
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