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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 02-05-2011 04:37 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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D_Allen

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02-05-2011 04:37 PM

Hello all!
I can’t decide which way would look better and I need to decide before the glueup.
This table has oak ply banded with hard maple. I can’t decide if the grain direction on the tables should go the same direction or perpendicular to each other.

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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 04:39 PM

I vote for same direction, but heck….it’s whatever you like that counts.

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

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 04:40 PM

Same. The other becomes a conflicting component of the design.

That’s worth $.02, but today only it’s free : )

Nice work, btw.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 05:28 PM

The same direction will lend a more cohesive look. The alternating direction will look busier, and “conflicting” as Lee said.

Think about the front aprons of tables that have drawers in them. Although it’s not the exact same thing, do you like the look of one continuous piece of wood, or several different pieces where the grain does not flow? I personally like the grain to flow in that situation, and I would like the grain to flow in your situation as well. However, that’s how I like it, but as Charlie said, it’s how you like it that matters.

With that being said, I suppose you wouldn’t have posed the question if you already had your mind made up.

I vote for the same direction.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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D_Allen

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 08:09 PM

Thanks all. I was leaning toward same direction but now I am wondering. I finally got the better half to look at it and she said it looks fine the way it is in the picture…but then she didn’t see it going the same direction.
I’m going to take a picture of it both ways so that both shelves can easily be seen and then have her look again.
Seems like such a silly thing to worry about…but that’s me!

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 08:32 PM

The seemingly minor details, and the attention to them, can take a project to the next level.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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