Designing With Grain
English-walnut sideboard demonstrates how grain patterns can take a piece to the next level
Synopsis: The artful use of grain patterns can enhance the design and functionality of a piece of furniture. Not only can you arrange the grain to complement the overall shape of a piece, but choosing the right types of grain for different furniture parts can help those parts function better, combating movement in doors, drawers, and other parts. Using an English walnut sideboard as an example, Jason Roberts shows how to choose the correct grain type-flatsawn, quartersawn, or riftsawn-for different furniture parts, how to get the most from every board, how to straighten the grain when cutting parts, and how to resaw a beautiful board into veneer to get the most from it.
Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture and thought something wasn’t quite right, but you couldn’t put your finger on it? The craftsmanship was impeccable and the proportions were nice. But something about the design…