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end grain

wood grain, as at the end of a board, resulting from a cut across the grain.
Origin of end grain
First recorded in 1880-85
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end-grain, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Since the block-plane is intended chiefly for use on end grain, no cap is needed to break the shavings.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • The chuck is made of any soft wood and should be cut in the end grain, which will insure equal pressure on all sides.

    A Course In Wood Turning Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
  • This tool while very serviceable for cross grain is especially advantageous for the end grain of the wood.

  • It is well to remember in gluing mitre joints that end grain absorbs more glue than a flat surface.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The end grain is usually protected by nailing on a strip of timber, chamfered on both edges.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • They are easily sharpened with a stone, work quickly and leave a smooth hole, but do not cut so well in end grain.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • A piece of hard wood is shaped on the end grain to fit the depression made in the lead.

    Copper Work Augustus F. Rose
  • They are useful in boring into end grain, and in boring part way into wood so thin that a spur would pierce thru.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Where both hands are free to hold the plane, the block-plane has no advantage over a smooth-plane, even on end grain.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes

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