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Re: Matching red oak boards

Ellis Walentine
Flat sawn red oak is notorious for its difficulty of matching grain attractively. Rift or quartered material is a lot more accommodating but pretty boring IMO. One trick Ian Kirby showed me was to disregard the edges of the roughsawn boards and compose your finish grain patterns at whatever angles/tapers work best. With oak and similar ring-porous species, I've even left boards tapered in the final glue-up to show the nicest blend of grain across the panel.

Ellis

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