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Book Matched Grain  match noun \ˈbu̇k ˈmach ˈgrān\  Change text size for readability...  Print This Page
00:32The tops and backs of stringed instruments are usually made of two pieces cut from the same board, and joined so they show symmetrical matching of the grain.

If you take a thick piece of wood and cut it into thin slices, the grain on each slice will match its neighbor. If you lay the pieces out like the leaves of a book, then join them in the center, you have "book matched" them.

On the other hand, if you take the slices of wood and lay them side by side as you would when dealing a deck of cards, you "slip match" them.
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