often occur around knots and near other natural defects. With selective or innovative cutting, you can remove and showcase them. Or perhaps you prefer a look that includes knots, splits and natural edges. Common grade boards can be downright beautiful, making more expensive higher grade boards look plain by comparison!
THE REAL DIFFERENCE: A PRETTY FACE
When you look at a chart of the various lumber grades (Fig. A, page 42), No. 1 Common appears to be a fuil step lower than Selects and Better. But look closely—the difference is really only a half step.
First, Selects and Better (the highest
FINDING HIDDEN BEAUTY in an unsightly board is rewarding and well worth the head-scratching it takes. In spite of serious end checks, an awkward grain pattern and a waney edge, the $8 piece of No. I Common walnut shown above contains all the parts for an eye-catching cabinet door.There's straight grain for stiles and rails and a piece that, when resawn, made a great bookmatched panel. No. I Common boards often contain unusual grain and interesting color and figure. Because these usually occur around defects,you aren't as likely to find them in the higher (clearer) grades.
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