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    no knots? or ok knots

    would you put a board with tight knots or knot in a dresser top? and reason for your answer
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    I would do it if it fits in with the look of the project. I did it on my walnut dressers with the rails on the front. Didn't have much walnut left and there was the beginnings of a knot. It just so happened I could center it and with a little re-sawing I had enough for both dressers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    would you put a board with tight knots or knot in a dresser top? and reason for your answer
    Yeah, I would...unless the piece is 'formal.' For 'everyday' use, I think the knots are part of the character, and can actually add interest to the piece.

    At a previous house we owned, I build an entire kitchen of Alder, and there were probably eight or ten knots included in the door panels and drawer fronts. The knots in Alder are typically very dark, and I actually accented them by sealing them with black-dyed epoxy.

    We got many compliments on that cabinetry, and it was also very prominently displayed in the Realtor's photo montage when we listed the house for sale.
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    Lots of variables there. What will be on the top of the dresser? If it is some sort of cover, won't matter. Species? Some woods are known for knots. Featured or trying to hide it? Surrounding grain? Picture?
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    Jim and Alan stated my reasons for using the knots. So won't repeat their well stated opinions. I vote for knots.
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    cherry lumber, possible top scarf but these days the younger generation just put things on top of the wood no protection. the rest of the dresser has no knots but the drawer frnts have some small imperfections.
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    I say knots for the reasons stated.
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    I use knots. There are some very interesting patterns surrounding knots. As stated, it would have to visually fit the piece.

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    They are not imperfections. Its called 'character' and you can charge more for it!

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