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    Grain orientation on drawer's bottom?

    Hi there.

    Is there a fixed rule for the grain orientation on a drawer bottom? Should it be along the longest side or shortest side. Or it doesn't matter?

    (See sketch.)
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    Hi Toni,

    The general rule for solid wood drawer bottoms is that the grain run parallel to the drawer face so as to be able to expand and contract a bit at the back of the drawer without pushing the sides apart. On period furniture though, there are exceptions to this rule that seem to have survived.

    If you're making plywood bottoms, it doesn't matter.

    Happy drawermaking!

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    Thanks John, that's been a ligthning answer! Having a sleepless night?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Thanks John, that's been a ligthning answer! Having a sleepless night?
    And here I went off surfing other tabs!

    Sleepless yes, but at work. I'm doing night shift this week, but it's been raining steadily for 24 hours so the telescope is closed and I'm left to my own devices with a nice T1 line. The weather system is supposed to clear out by sunday night - my last night - so I figure I better stay up so I don't get used to sleeping in the dark again!

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    That's taking things in positive, BTW I didn't know you were an astronomer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    ...BTW I didn't know you were an astronomer!
    As I recall, he runs the Coffee Shop.

    (I agree with his comments on the grain orientation.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    That's taking things in positive, BTW I didn't know you were an astronomer!
    Well, I'm more of an astronomical bus driver , larger telescopes and radio telescopes in particular tend to have operators (like me) who configure the instrument and set up the observations for the astronomers, who mostly deal with designing the observing program and dealing with the resulting data.

    Its a fairly easy job on the whole, and has a great schedule for a woodworker, as I work 7- 12 hour days and then get 7 days off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    As I recall, he runs the Coffee Shop.

    (I agree with his comments on the grain orientation.)
    C'mon Vaughn... Which one of you is kidding me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    C'mon Vaughn... Which one of you is kidding me?
    I like John's explanation better. He drives a telescope. A celestial Ralph Kramden, if you will.

    Seriously, sounds like a very interesting job with good hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    As I recall, he runs the Coffee Shop.

    (I agree with his comments on the grain orientation.)
    Hey, thats an important job up here.... We probably use more coffee than anything else - though lately I'm finding hot chocolate keeps me awake much better

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