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My wife wanted night stands. I didn't want expensive box store junk.

At the end of the day (well, year), I spent $10 for the drawer pulls and used glue, stain and poly that I already had. The wood itself was free. The darker wood is stained pallet wood, and the yellow wood is osage orange I milled myself from firewood some guy on craigslist was giving away. (Which also happens to be my favorite wood in the world.)

Leave me some feedback. What do you think? Also, does anyone know how to keep the stain from bleeding in a two-toned piece like this?

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These are lovely, all the better for being from free timber. Great job,

Garry
 

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nice work. I like the two tone feature. WRT the stain bleeding into the lighter wood the only thing I can suggest is to seal the lighter wood first prior to glue-up or adding stain. Prior to sealing, you will have to tape up those portions that would be glued later on.
 

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Well, these turned out great! I like your color selections, and the overall design!
 

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Sweet use of something many throw away or burn. Nice!
 

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Beautifully done. Love the proportions.
 

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Hi Im new here and new to woodworking but that osage orange is beautiful. I am a Land Surveyor here in Arkansas and clearing line will run into those trees every once in awhile hate to cut them but might have to start halling them out after seeing that. they are quite hard on the ole machete as well.
 

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Love free, especially firewood turned into a beautify piece like this one.
Nicely done!
 

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I think they are great. Way better than anything you can buy at the store.
I am a big fan of contrasting woods. I have often though about taking a some of my Almond fire wood and seeing what I could make from it. I think you gave me the push I needed.
Thank you for sharing your work.
Nicely done sir!
 

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Nice job. As for avoiding the stain bleeding into the light-coloured wood. I'm not sure that's entirely possible on the edge-banded material, so you may have to forego contrasting edge banding and settle for the contrast between the drawer front and the carcass.

In other instances, though, you can mask off glue areas and pre-finish each part, which is often easier anyway. Then assemble the finished pieces. This would work for the stretchers and legs, for example.
 
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