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Quartersawn drawer sides

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
Hi All,

I'm interested in what you folks do in selecting material for drawer sides. I've never experienced trouble using plain sawn drawer sides, but then our climate here is very forgiving.

On a project coming up, I have a choice--quartered white oak drawer sides and back (two drawers, approx. 15 x 15 x 3-1/2), or plain sawn maple. The maple would probably look a little crisper, in terms of contrast against the satinwood fronts, but then the oak is quartered. I notice the old desk or library table I'm sitting at has quartered oak drawer sides.

What do you folks do in selecting drawer sides, for example:

1. Indifferent between plainsawn and quartered; pick on looks and whatchagot

2. Use quartered if you have it.

3. Make it a point to use quartered.

4. Depends on _______________.

Thanks in advance,


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