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    Wood advice Starting the build PICS

    I just started a slant top desk similar to this one for my daughter Liz.
    http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct.php?112

    I'm making the desk out of mahogany but I was thinking of making the inside drawers and cubby holes out of a contrasting wood. Most of her furniture is kind of dark so I may have to stain the mahogany a touch darker than it is naturally.
    Any suggestions as to what wood would look good inside?? a lighter wood like Maple? or just keep it all mahogany. So often what I see in my minds eye looks like garbage when I make it.
    I do have a bunch of Tamarack. I was also thinking of using the same wood I use inside to dowel the tenons in the legs.
    So far I only have the legs made.I have to be the slowest woodworker in the world. I wish I had half of Allens energy
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    so youll get an idea of what a cubby hole made out of mahogany and maple, and then a drawer made of out maple(ply) with mahogany front. I love the combo, gonna make my TV unit out of cherry and maple.
    (sorry about the blood red walls and poor pic quality)

    and IM not 100% sure if that is mahogany or sapele, I think its sapele.
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    I think the maple on the inside of a mahogany desk would look nice.
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    Maple would be very nice IMHO. A little pricey but holly would be outstanding.
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    Maple, ash or even popular
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    Your Tamarack ought to make a nice contrast with the mahogany. It's less stable, but only a little less. It ought to work well for drawer sides and bottoms. I'd try to use something harder - like maple - for the drawer runners, though.

    Also known as "Western Larch," here's more than you wanted to know about your Tamarack.
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    also if recall correctly mahogany turns darker with age bob so you may not want to darken it early..ask someone that has used it for sure but the stuff i had and seen got pretty dark red colored.
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    Great ideas. Thanks
    I think that I'll keep the mahogany natural.
    The tamarack I have was stored in a barn for many years. Some of it looks spalted and some has some prety interesting grain. I think it was cut on a circular saw mill. It has the markings of the blade on it. some of it is only a litter thicker than 3/4" so I will plane that down to the 1/2" I need for the insides. Can't think of anything else to do with such thin rough lumber.
    This is kind of an ambitious project for me so I'll be asking for advice from the pro's from time to time.
    The back is feeling pretty good today so I think I'll cut the rails and bead the sides of them today. Thanks, and pics to follow.
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    Here are some pics of the tamarack and what I got done today.
    Rob, this is the woodcraft tenon jig I use. It works perfect for me. I really like it.

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    added a few pictures
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