Grain Orientation – 360w360 E.213

Grain orientation is an extremely important consideration when building projects you want to last.In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking the 360 guys discuss grain orientation in regards to joinery.

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Grain Orientation

A fairly common theme to the questions the guys get concerns grain orientation as applied to joinery. Woodworkers often have trouble visualizing how and why they should join pieces of wood. Dovetails are probably the most difficult joint for woodworkers to comprehend why the grain direction has to run a specific way. The joint itself has some mechanical hold, which is why we see woodworkers incorrectly joining the end of a board to the side. It’s an easy mistake to make, but one that could cost you the entire project when the joint fails.

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5 thoughts on “Grain Orientation – 360w360 E.213

  1. As Roy Underhill often says, “Planes of strength and planes of weakness.”

  2. What kind of cookies were you snacking on during the start of the audio blog???

    1. OK, a cold, not cookies. But cookies would have been better.

      1. I agree, cookies would have been better.

        1. “Cookies with Chuck and Glen”. Could be on to something. (cue Schwetty Balls skit from SNL).

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