It takes a lot of skill to put a ray-flecked quartersawn grain on all four sides of our Mission bed project. Here's an alternative way that doesn't require as much precision.


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 214 "-square post, rip two pieces of 34 " quartersawn stock and a "core" of scrap 34 " oak to 218 ". Laminate the three pieces together, as shown, and set the assembly aside.

Joint opposite faces of a 34 x 2 12 " quartersawn blank, and then resaw one face into a 18 "-thick veneer. After jointing the freshly cut face of the blank, resaw another 18 " 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 214 " thickness, turning it top-for-bottom on alternate passes. This reduces each veneered face to 116 " thick. Chamfer the four corners of the post to blend the grain and hide the joint.
—Jan Svec, WOOD® magazine project editor