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Subject:
Re: Wood selection for Period drawer fronts

Rafael
Bill,

Here are some of the statements you made:

"it looks like drawers were assembled from whatever was available and fit"

"why does it appear that little thought went into drawer front selection"

"Given the care I, as well as others, use for lumber selection, it is curious."

Beyond noting what the surviving pieces look like, I'd be hesitant to assume the reasons why they chose the lumber they chose without additional sources of information. What you or I may consider important in our time may not apply to that period. Maybe they really were into knots ;-), who knows.

To get back to your main point, why they chose what they chose, maybe the answer is staring us in the face in the examples you showed us. Maybe they used knotty, figured lumber because that's what they wanted. Maybe clear straight grain was boring to them.

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