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Re: Wood selection for Period drawer fronts

Warren in Lancaster, PA
Of course the wood was selected because that is what the client wanted. Only someone with no experience working figured wood from rough lumber by hand would suggest otherwise.

A drawer front like this is a lot of labor even with straight grain timber. You have to flatten a side and and plane to thickness, make rabbets on three sides, cut half blind dovetails, make a groove for the drawer bottom, smooth the front, and make a quarter round moulding all the way around. With figured wood, every single step is considerably more labor. The idea that someone would choose this wood to save on material costs is laughable, to say the least.

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