Band saw boxes-Grain orientation

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Forum topic by BobD posted 11-21-2010 08:19 AM 951 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2010 08:19 AM

I purchased some exotic hardwood (Cocobolo, Goncalo Alves, Jatoba) to make some band saw boxes. Each piece is 8”h x 8”l x 4”d and are very dense and heavy. I haven’t designed the shape or form yet. The lumber has very straight and tight grain. My question is—which way do you orient the grain? Horizontally or vertically, or does it matter?

-- Bob, San Diego

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#1 posted 11-21-2010 02:24 PM

horizontally… I tried vertically once and it did not look pleasing to the eye… at least this eye!
It is probably personal preference, however.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 02:11 AM

Bob, It will depend of the design of your box. If your design the has more of a horizontal flow to it then do the grain horizontally, but if you do more of a vertical design ( you can see a couple different designs I’ve done on my project page or visit my web site) then I think your grain will look better vertically. Good luck and will look forward to seeing your boxes.

-- John @

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