As the series title says, this is a simple technique but when I discovered it it was a “Dohhh !!!” moment so I thought I might spare someone the pain. I like to use short grain borders, especially nice straight grains like cedar on picture frames, table tops and that sort of thing. I never had a problem getting good fits at the joints but often matching the grain was a bit of a challenge….. then one day this arrived in my (slow) brain and now it is a breeze even when the grain isn’t at 90 degrees to the edge.
Here are a series of pieces cut from a piece of cedar veneer about 6” wide. The grains are similar but the joints need help.
Just rotate one piece 180 degrees and slip it under the adjacent one. The grains will lay parallel even if the angle is not 90 degrees. If you sequence the pieces as you cut them off the long piece, the grains will be almost identical (for straight grain woods).
Hold the pieces with their edges even and take them to any sander. I’m using a belt sander here. Sand them parallel to the grain. Pay no attention to square. As long as your edges remain parallel the resulting strip will be straight.
Re-butt the pieces and fit the next one before fixing this one with a bit of veneer tape and carry on until you have a full length strip to fit your project.
The finished border can have an interesting and different effect.
I know that this is not news to a great many of you but it was a significant enough penny drop moment for me that I thought it was worth posting.
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/