drawer side species - contrasting front?

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Forum topic by Ben posted 01-02-2013 11:20 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 11:20 PM

Hi All.

Getting very close to making my first kitchen drawer with hand cut dovetails.

My sides will be Maple and fronts will be Cherry.

What I’m wondering is: since these will be a “5-sided” box with a secondary applied drawer front, should the integral drawer front (the one that’s actually dovetailed) also be Cherry to contrast with the Maple, or is the end grain enough of a contrast?


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#1 posted 01-02-2013 11:24 PM

I make the integral front the primary species for the contrast. So only three sides and maybe a bottom are secondary wood.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 11:26 PM

I think the end grain is enough of a contrast myself, but this is really up to you at the end. obviously, if cherry is cheaper to get then maple where you are at, then go for the cherry. but if not, I’d just stick to maple for the entire drawer and use the cherry for the fronts.

then again, a drawer with a false front will usually hide the dovetails to a certain extent, but that’s a different matter all together ;)

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