I am currently making two sets of double doors for this sideboard. When I prepped the lumber for the stiles, I realized there were several ways to use the grain. In the Sketchup drawing I have shown two different ways (pieces #2 and 5 are already committed – joinery already done). In the left hand set the grain is “pincushioned” (#1 and 3); in the right hand set, the grain is “barreled” (#4 and 6).
I clamped the pieces in place for the photograph, to try and get a visual. The general shape of the cabinet is obvious (yes, the top of the opening is an arc), and the grain is fairly easy to see in the photo. But I cannot decide whether to orient the stiles to create a “barrel” or “pincushion” grain pattern.
I realize this may not be the appropriate place for questions such as this, but I couldn’t find anywhere else to post it. Does anyone out there have an opinion on my grain-orientation quandary?