Whenever I lay out my project parts in rough lumber, I find that there are 5 things that I always try to keep in mind.
1 – Work with one species at a time for multi-species projects.
2 – Layout the largest and most visible parts first.
3 – Select the best grain possible.
4 – Avoid unwanted flaws.
5 – Fit the small pieces in strategically for most efficient use of wood.
This content was excerpted from the Chest of Drawers project in the Wood Whisperer Guild.