A simple question of wood grain: face grain or edge grain?
I have some plans for making a set of cutting boards, the biggest one being 18" long. The plans recommend making the face of the cutting boards from edge grain. That edge grain is tighter, harder, and will hold up better than face grain. In the plans they cut 1" wide strips from 1 3/4" stock then turn them on edge to get the edge grain. But in the plans they are ripping the strips. If I understand how grain works, ripping the strips would be no different than the original face grain on the 1 3/4" stock. To get edge grain you would have to crosscut the strips from the end of the stock board and then turn that on edge. To make a 18" long cutting board this way you would need to start with 18" wide stock. So, either my plans are wrong or I don't understand grain. Please help!!!!