I'm probably an oddball, but I'll share...
Am I alone in choosing stock from my pile via the "ugly" method?
First, I'll take the spectacular and/or unique boards and give them
names, as book matched door panels, drawer fronts, etc... I think
everyone does this, so this isn't why I think I'm weird.
For the remaining stock, or all of the stock for trim / finish work, I
find it much easier to start with the least desirable stock and least
visible parts. This earmarks the boards with defects, quickly removing
them from the pile. Barely usable stock goes to totally hidden parts or
the jig /
burn bin. As I move backward towards the most visible area,
I'm left with the best quality material.
Once upon a time, I used to try to pick the best stuff and start there,
but my definition of a defect or desired color or figure would changing
during a project. I've found this method to narrow down the pile, and
markedly improve the final result.
Thoughts? Flames? <G>