I will be making my spoke blanks soon. I have 8/4 Shagbark Hickory, that is flat sawn. With a little bit of planning, I could maximize my yield of spokes by ripping the spokes out on their side. I believe this will give me a spoke face that is quarter sawn. Does anyone know of any reason(s) why not to do this? My newly purchased sample spoke has a flat sawn face. But that does not mean it is correct, it could be more economical.
I have some really nice wood, the grain appears nice and straight one board has a little check on one end.
Jason -- I don't see any reason not to saw them as you pictured. They should actually be stronger when turning corners than flat-sawed ones. The main issue is to have continuous grain from end to end. (But you knew that.)
The spokes should be made out of split hickory. That will ensure that the grain is followed.
Yes, I also read where the best way to ensure the grain is straight is not to cut the wood, but to split the board with a sharp hatchet or for more precision, a hammer and sharp narrow wedge. Jim Patrick