Figuring out wood grain is key to cutting it as a woodworker.
It’s the difference between glassy smooth surfaces and topographic maps of tearout.
But “reading” and “cutting with the grain” can sound pretty esoteric if you're new to the craft.
I’m here to tell you it’s not.
Understanding grain direction is just predicting how a board will react to your tools — so you can reduce tearout, save time, and get better results.
I’m going to walk you through the basics of wood grain and get into some of the grainular details of how to approach it (please help, I can’t stop punning)...
So you can start getting buttery-smooth boards with no need for sandpaper.