|One aromatic cedar slab - bookmatched|
One term that gets thrown about in woodworking from time to time is "bookmatched." Something built from bookmatched lumber has a distinctive look to it because the grain pattern on the boards will match. It matches because a bookmatched set of lumber is a tree that has been sawn, but kept together.
A couple reasons to bookmatch lumber: It doubles your wood if you're working with a big piece, and it allows you to do interesting thing with grain patterns.
More info/pictures after the jump...
Two compare with the big cedar slab, I cut the little piece of junky maple above into a bookmatch.
|Band saw - set to resaw|
|Band saw with magnetic fence|
|Compare the grain patterns, particularly the knot|
Now, lets say intsead of a piece of maple six inches wide, you want to resaw something like this:
|We're going to need a bigger saw.|
|<Tim Taylor Grunt>|
|Cedar should give cool mirror image effect because of the wacky grain patterns.|
|Yup, this is going to be cool.|