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Forum topic by GaryK posted 02-14-2008 05:44 AM 4847 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2008 05:44 AM

By proper I mean cutting them so that all sides of the leg will look the same.

It’s really very simple but sometimes overlooked

The one on the left was cut with the grain running from one corner to the opposite one.
This creates a leg that has all the sides looking the same.

You can see the difference between the one on the left and right.

Now of course you may not want them to match, and that’s a creative choice.


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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX


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#1 posted 02-14-2008 05:48 AM

Nice illustration. They call this rift sawn, yes?

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 05:51 AM

This is way too advanced for me, Gary.

I’m still working on getting them the same length!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 05:57 AM

Gizmo – Rift sawing is similar to quarter sawn.

The top is plain sawn
The bottom left is rift sawn and bottom right is quartersawn

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 06:01 AM

Yes. This is what you did by cutting on the angle?

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 06:03 AM

Good example Gary.

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 06:36 AM

Thanks Gary.

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 06:44 AM

Very cool Gary. Resawing is hard enough with just a hand saw. Thanks for making it even harder. :^)

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 06:49 AM

Having rift sawn (or sometimes called riff) lumber is important for curved legs, like cabriolet legs. Otherwise you can get some dramatically different grain patterns on your legs.

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 07:02 AM

Well explained Gary.

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 07:13 AM

Gary, I can’t seem to get your pictures to load, although I am able to see the rift/QS/flat sawn diagram. Couldn’t see the plane pictures either. Mystifying.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 07:19 AM

Great tip, I don’t think I gave the grain much thought before.

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 07:22 AM

Douglas – I don’t understand why not. They are all on photobucket. If you do a right click and and select properties does is say photobucket?

The other picture is a direct link to a website.

I have had the problem on some pages before and shutting down all browsers and starting them again fixed it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 07:39 AM

Gary,
I’ll try the restart, but the only thing that shows up on the LJ page is a dot. Even the links in my e-mail notifier of your projects fail to load at photobucket. Obviously others are seeing things. Maybe you could PM me the links. I really want to figure out how you joined that plan sole!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 08:51 AM

You say it is simple bur what a difference it makes the way they are cut. A precious addition to my knowledge. Thanks
Sharad

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 04:41 PM

Hi Gary,

Good job in pointing that out!

Now, about that picture…

You cut up a perfectly good tree to show us that?

Well illustrated, I almost understand. LOL

I guess the pieces between the rift sawn boards are where shims come from, huh?

All kidding aside, a very helpful post!

Lee

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