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Old 11-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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When positioning the pattern on the wood for fretwork. Is it better to lay it with the grain or across the grain. I am mainly speaking of larger pieces like 8x10 using hardwood.
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It really depends on the type of wood you are using and the pattern itself. Just remember there are no real rules that apply but as you work with different types of wood you will learn their limitations.
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I usually try to make sure the thinner pieces are with the grain for stability.
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Normally for wall hanging and other display only items I cut it such that the grains runs up and down. Most of my animal puzzles I have the grain running horizontally but not on all. There is really no hard fast rule. You really have to visualize how the grain will enhance your design and work from there.
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I think it really depends on the project. I like to do portraits and when I am in the planning stages I try and find the right position of the grain that will enhance the portrait. If done right the grain blends into the picture and is not distracting from it.
On smaller projects I always try to factor in how the grain will effect the overall view of the item.
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Thanks all for your input. I was thinking on the lines of strength more than looks, but once it is backed I quess it makes no difference.
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