Working on my dresser project and just had a quick question. I couldn't
find 12/4 cherry so I had to glue up 8/4 blanks into the legs and then mill
to size. I figure I'll put the face grain facing forward on the front legs
but was wondering if there's a "standard" for what to do in the back? I
was thinking of having the face grain face outward or should I have it
facing the same way as the fronts? I'm putting floating panels into the
legs so only about 1/2" or so will actually be exposed for view. I'm
pretty sure I'll just orient the face grain out on the rear legs but thought
I'd ask to make sure I'm not making a huge faux paux.
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:29:03 -0700, "James \"Cubby\" Culbertson"
Well I don't know what the "right" answer is, but I orient them so
that whatever side of the piece you are looking at the legs have the
same grain. So I would put the face grain forward so that the sides
This is a little late since you already glued the blanks up, but I would
mitre four pieces so there was "face" grain on all four sides.
By the way, this was how mission furniture was usually made since it allows
for ray-fleck figure on all four faces, something that Mom Nature couldn't
pull off by herself.
Or, veneer two faces, also done to get the "right" figure on four faces.
Yeah I had originally pondered doing that but decided against it. I have
never had good luck with gluing up long mitres like that. I seem to end up
with gaps etc..... Thanks for the suggestion.
One recommendation is to cut legs out rift grain boards - with the grain
angle at 45 deg to the faces. This gives a symmetric grain pattern on
all faces. It's also structurally sound if the legs have a curve - which
may or may not be a consideration for your dresser project...
One mystery to me is why couldn't you find 12/4 cherry? Groff and Groff,
Hearne Hardwoods (both in Pennsylvania) and I'm sure most hardwood
lumberyards could have shipped a stick quite easily. I have cherry
shipped in regularly. It's easy and usually no more expensive than
trying to find good wood at the yards near me . . .
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