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A common point of discussion that occurs as we develop new project ideas is what species of wood to build our bookcase, cabinet, step stool or wooden widget out of. The next question inevitably is “what figure do we use?” Plainsawn, quartersawn, curly, straight grain, bird’s-eye — you get the picture.

And these discussions can become quite heated. Some opinions, like mine, are well reasoned and eminently logical. Others are wrong-headed and totally without merit. For example, I am a big fan of quartersawn grain in all sorts of oak lumber — red oak or white. Some folks on my staff scoff at my vertical grain preference. (See the wrong-headed comment, above.)

Which brings me to the question of the week. What is your favorite grain figure? Do you even have one? And don’t worry, I will bow to your wisdom.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

Rob Johnstone

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Rob Johnstone has been part of Woodworker’s Journal’s since 1997, becoming editor of the print magazine in 1998, editor in chief in 2007 and publisher in 2013. He began woodworking at age 13 in his family-owned cabinet shop and, as an adult, trained to become an accomplished luthier. He eventually opened his own cabinetry and custom fine woodworking business. Rob has brought many of the most well-known authors in woodworking to the Journal’s pages and introduced Woodworker’s Journal Online Survey. When, in his free time, Rob isn’t woodworking, he enjoys hunting for sharp-tailed grouse with his bird dog, playing music and/or listening to his son’s rock band and cooking on his high-tech stove.

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