One of the most overlooked parts of many projects is the stock selection. Not just choosing the right boards, but also finding the best way to integrate grain, hide glue joints, and work around (or even incorporate) defects into the project. I've found this is one of the biggest trade-offs you can make in quality versus cost. Typically, the widest, thickest boards give you the most flexibility (and are usually the highest quality sticks in the bin) but also come at a premium price. I've learned long ago this is the last place you want to skimp. So in this episode I'll show you how I carefully selected and then laid out the pieces on a $150 piece of 12/4 cherry.
There was actually way more footage than I could manage to use on the actual layout of each individual piece in my stack lamination. However, I plan to produce a bonus video after the final episode in this series that really does a deep-dive in my process. If you're a real wood geek, keep your eyes open for that down the road.
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