Quartersawn skin puts eye-popping grain all around
Our Mission bed project shows the best method for putting ray-flecked quartersawn grain on all four sides of a post or table leg (something even Mother Nature can't do). That technique, however, requires a highly accurate tablesaw to bevel the edges of the leg wraps. Here's an alternate method that doesn't demand as much precision and yields quartersawn figure on nearly all surfaces.
For a 21⁄4 "-square post, rip two pieces of 3⁄4 " quartersawn stock and a "core" of scrap 3⁄4 " oak to 21⁄8 ". Laminate the three pieces together, as shown, and set the assembly aside.
Joint opposite faces of a 3⁄4 x 2 1⁄2 " quartersawn blank, and then resaw one face into a 1⁄8 "-thick veneer. After jointing the freshly cut face of the blank, resaw another 1⁄8 " veneer. (You'll have one resawn piece left over for the next post.) Glue two faces—jointed side in—to the laminated post as shown.
After the glue dries, joint the veneered faces of the post and then plane the post to its final 21⁄4 " thickness, turning it top-for-bottom on alternate passes. This reduces each veneered face to 1⁄16 " thick. Chamfer the four corners of the post to blend the grain and hide the joint.
—Jan Svec, WOOD® magazine project editor