Telltale signs to match and find wood that all came from one tree
Synopsis: Finding entire logs to saw up isn’t always a realistic option for most woodworkers. Fortunately, there are ways to find boards from the same tree at your local lumberyard to ensure that you have matching color and figure for all the parts of a project. All it takes is a bit of patience and knowing what clues to look for, and Cliff Scott explains how to do that. He outlines four key clues to identifying familiar boards and explains how the lumberyard owner can help. He also reveals how wood gets reshuffled at the mill.
In my early days at woodworking, I’d buy the board feet of lumber I needed for a project, build the piece and be on my way. As my knowledge of woodworking increased and my artistic side developed, I became more particular about which boards were placed together. Return trips to the lumberyard were…