with Mehler a few years ago and found him very pick)' when selecting lumber for his Shaker-inspired furniture. Still, he says, "I'm not a big fan of clear stock. The wood is light; you can feel it. Wood with knots is denser, has more character."

Looking Beyond Wood Grades

The question of lumber grades can be confusing, so it's best not to get too hung up on them when picking stock. Grades give you an indication

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