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I know that in high end furniture and cabinets, there is a general disdain for allowing end grain to be visible. This goes way back, judging from the antiques I have seen, and the degree to which furniture makers have gone to hide end grain.

This is something I have never understood, myself. I find the end grain to be very striking, if sanded and finished properly. Does anyone know what the root of this antipathy towards visible end grain is? Why is it so frowned upon in the furniture world?
 

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Maybe because it's appearance is outnumbered 2 to 1 by the flat surface and the edge of the board which share the same characteristics, therefore it became the blemish on the board and was subsequently hidden.

I'm glad plenty have broken the rule along the way and revealed the end grain's potential as a striking accent when finished and incorporated properly into a design.
 
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