Let’s talk grain. When you look at a plank of wood, there are six sides—two of each type. There’s the broad, flat side, like a paddle; there’s the edge, which goes the entire length of the plank; and there’s the end, the short sides that go widthwise. These are referred to as “face grain,” “edge grain” and “end grain.” End grain is the highest quality, and typically the most expensive. Face grain is at the lowest end of the spectrum, and edge grain falls somewhere in the middle.