Spoken Wood Podcast No. 92

December 8, 20101 Comment

Today’s episode was written by Chris Schwarz for the “Woodworking Magazine Weblog”. It’s titled “What the Inside of a Tree is Good For”. Originally posted July 25, 2008.

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  1. Jack says:

    Interesting… reading the closed comments to the original blog post by Chris, it appears that it is quite common, especially in ‘western’ (vs far east) cabinetry.

    My guess is we like the complexity of the grain caused by the harder cell walls, rather than the softer cell ‘flesh’ or area where the cell nucleus wold be while the tree is growing. Closer to the ‘inside’ of the tree, the tree ‘rings’ are usually closer together, and when plain sawn, you see more striations on the ‘inside’ vs the ‘outside’ side of the planks.

    Some comments were made in the comment section of Chris’s blog entry about oriental furniture is often done differently to make the outside of the furniture more ‘plane’ looking.

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