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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 06:14 PM

First, I would avoid staining if possible. Find the color woods you like and stick with that. If you stain, then you can’t really sand everything flush after assembly.

Second, don’t worry about too much contrast. A lot of contrast is good. Either use a single wood, or use woods that contrast quite a bit. Using woods that are only slightly different in color tends to look funky, IMO.

Third, conventional wisdom says not to trap those boards within a frame like your model shows. However, I have done it on a few pieces of similar size and not had any problems with wood movement. A lot depends on how much seasonal variation in humidity the piece will be exposed to.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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