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Subject:
lengthwise bookmatching

Josko Catipovic
I've agreed to build a 16' tall cabinet. (2 4' sections and an 8' section top all stacked together.) One side is an ideal place to display continuous wood grain, so I'm hunting for a noteworthy 16' slab. One thought that came into mind is to resaw an 8' plank and bookmatch end to end to give the appearance of continuous grain.

I realize everything depends on the actual plank I use, but has anyone tried or used lengthwise bookmatching to give the appearance of grain continuity on a long face? I'm worried about an unrealistic, top-heavy look if I flip the upper section. Any experiences, rules of thumb, and advice would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.

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