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I have pine boards from a skid that I planed to 45 in long, 9 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick. Does the crown have to be in the same direction. It is going to be a table 45 by 36. I will be using biscuits, elmers glue and a lot of clamps. It is soft pine. I am using the skid boards because of the character. Nail holes and knots.   

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Hi Ed,

Good question!

It has been a widely held belief that you alternate the annual rings of the wood on the pieces used for making a tabletop. Some woodworkers swear by it. Others ignore it, instead choosing the side to glue facing up based on appearance. There's a big debate going on over this concept.

I've always alternated the rings, or crown - as you put it - so that one board is ringed upward, then next downward, and so on. All of my tops remain flat and true, even after 30 years.

So - yes, I would recommend alternating the crown to even out the tendency for each board to cup a bit. It can't hurt!

Jamie in Vegas



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Jamie Yocono
Wood It Is! Custom Cabinetry
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Woodworker, Furniture designer/builder, industrial arts educator. Bachelor degree in Furniture Design, and journeyman carpenter, with a 4 year apprenticeship. Currently owner of custom furniture/cabinet shop in Las Vegas, NV. Can answer most woodworking questions EXCEPT those regarding repairs, refinishing, and antiques.

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Bachelor in Furniture Design - Ohio University (1980) Journeyman Carpenter, Local 639 Adult educator - Developed adult education woodworking program for the University of Akron, and taught classes there for 9 years. Opened a private woodworking school in Las Vegas, NV and teach private and semi-private lessons. In 2011, I will begin teaching UNLV woodworking classes at my school. Sweet!

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Tile Design and Installation Magazine (Article on inlaying tile into wood)

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Journeyman Union Carpenter Bachelors degree in Furniture Design (Ohio University) College of Hard Knocks!

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