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#1 posted 06-12-2016 06:00 PM

You can often feel the grain direction if you can’t tell from the side. Just rub in one direction, then the opposite direction. One should feel very slick, while the other will grab a bit. You can also look at end grain. If end grain is “smiling” plane with the cathedral peaks.

End grain: \\\\\|///// then plane from wide part of cathedrals toward points. If end grain frowns, plane from points toward wide end of cathedrals.

If boards are straight grained, youll have to go by feel. If you can’t feel with your fingers, you can definitely tell the difference by just planing in both directions. One direction will be much easier than the other.

Also if you are book matched, the two halves get planed in opposite directions, as one board is a “smiley” and the other a “frown”.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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