I am not a great fan of using contrasting timbers in small furniture projects as the result can look a little contrived. However, if you try and incorporate the contrast as part of the design, rather than using the different colours just for the sake of it, it does sometimes work quite well.
In this case I wanted to produce a small and a very simple occasional table with two drawers using the box combing jig to provide the contrasting detailing on the corner joints. The logical extension of this was to then continue this dentil theme through to the top and insert some contrasting pieces to form the chequered ends.
This is not meant to be a piece of fine cabinet making, but hopefully shows that you can produce quite contemporary looking pieces of furniture using a minimum of tools and equipment, keeping the design extremely simple and leaving the timber to produce the 'wow' factor.