Matching and Surfacing Large Boards is a Snap
I want to make a wide book-matched tabletop using large flatsawn boards from a local sawyer. How can I match the grain attractively on these large boards?
Charles Bartunek, Eugene, OR
There are some simple tricks that allow you to book-match large boards, whether they were flatsawn or quartersawn.
First, make sure you purchase consecutively sawn boards. Once they are thoroughly dry and acclimated to your shop, trim a bit from the end of each board so that the growth rings are visible. Stack the boards in sequence and put a reference mark on one side of the end grain across both boards, marking in far enough to clear any waney edges along the board’s length.
Next, open the boards like a book and look for your future joint line by taking string and stretching it end-toend on both planks. Remember, you do not have to stay…