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After a lot of planing I came up with a way to build my next chest of drawers. In order to keep cost down I'd like to use oak in some parts and pine in others. (For example, Oak front of the drawers but pine for the sides and back) and (oak for the front piece of each frame but pine for the other 3 sides) In my plans only the oak would show.

My question is ... Are there any problems with using two types of wood in the same project? Does one type of wood move more than others?

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After a lot of planing I came up with a way to build my next chest of drawers. In order to keep cost down I'd like to use oak in some parts and pine in others. (For example, Oak front of the drawers but pine for the sides and back) and (oak for the front piece of each frame but pine for the other 3 sides) In my plans only the oak would show.

My question is ... Are there any problems with using two types of wood in the same project? Does one type of wood move more than others?

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If they do, it's never been a problem with any of my projects.






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I think that using two types of wood in order to save money is very common and has been used for hundreds of years.

On almost every episode of Antique Roadshow they have some valuable piece of furniture and talk about the beautiful hardwood exterior and further identify it by the cheaper secondary hidden woods which varied from region to region.
 

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Thanks everybody. I love having a great idea only to find out I'm a couple hundred years late.:laughing:
Still, it was a good question. Not all woods work well together. Some woods don't even work well with THEMSELVES if you have grain going in two different directions, or large pieces (thus the need for "floating panel" doors, for example).
 
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