A College of the Redwoods instructor shows how to rift-cut straight or curved stock to follow the grain
In this video Jim Budlong, a longtime instructor at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program, shares one of the lectures he gives to students at the school. Using a piece of ash, he demonstrates how to rough out straight stock on the bandsaw, following the grain direction on the face of the board, to ensure that the grain will run straight on all faces of the board. He also shows how to rough out curved stock and then how to orient the board to take advantage of the grain direction.
By learning how to follow the grain, he says, your furniture will be “a cut above.”