Determining Grain Direction
Rules of Thumb: Understanding wood grain improves your success with hand and power tools
Furniture maker and author Chris Gochnour offers tips for reading the direction of the grain in a variety of wood species in this basic overview on the anatomy of rough lumber. His identification tips can improve your success when using hand and power tools and help prevent unwanted tearout. Gochnour also explores the science of a tree to illustrate how rays, vessels, and pores affect figure in a workpiece.