I like the way the one on the right looks.
The one on the left, I'd like to move the pattern in the middle of each board closer together, by trimming an inch from each.
Then I trimmed some waste from the outer edges.
By getting some waste off, the now narrower boards have much less cupping and will need much less material removal to make them flat, which will keep them thicker.
Getting set up.
Here is a before
shot. In a moment, I'll flip it over and joint a flat reference
face on this board.
I haven't powered on yet--just wanted to show you the small amount of cupping I want to remove, to make this board flat. You can see a gap beneath the level at the outer edges and you can see a gap in the center at the table. The crown (peak) is up and that is how I will feed the board through the jointer.
I'm only taking off 1/32" with each pass, so it will probably take 2 or 3 passes to get a flat reference face.
After 2 passes, I am really close.
After the third pass, you can now clearly see that I have some cross-grain figure
in the wood, which I can enhance later, with some honey-amber Trans-Tint dye, which will also give the wood some warmth