The Right Way to Use Contrast
Using different woods, grains, and color to add contrast is a great way to make your furniture stand out from the crowd. The trick is to do it effectively, understanding what type of contrast to use and where to use it. Overdo it and the effect will be garish; do it right, and you will take your work to another level. Garrett Hack lays out some rules of thumb for using contrast in your designs, showing examples of pairings that work beautifully as well as some that take the idea a bit too far. See Fine Woodworking issue # 211 for more information.
William and Mary highboy by Miguel Gomez-Ibanez
Blanket chest by Jeff Dilks
Writing desk by Don Green
Demilune table by Gerald Curry
Table by Roger Heitzman
Sheet-music cabinet by Christopher Solar