Great-looking solid-wood legs from ordinary boards

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Stock selection makes a big difference in the
appearance of solid-wood legs. In the photo near
right,
the grain in the right-hand leg runs parallel to
two faces. The leg displays quartersawn pattern on two faces and plainsawn pattern on the other two. This leg does not look good where adjacent faces are visible. In the left-hand leg, the grain runs corner to corner, parallel to one of the diagonals. The leg displays straight riftsawn pattern on all four faces. This leg looks good from any angle.

You don't have to buy special stock to get the right
grain orientation. Most boards display rift grain at the
edges and plain grain in the middle. Cut your legs
from the edges, as shown above, far right, to get legs with four good faces.

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