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Hello all, I'm a self-learning newbie making my 1st violin and I have a question about the woodgrain orientation of the ribs. I bought a really nice piece of slab-cut quilted maple for a single piece violin back plate and I saw in violin-making books that the matching ribs are made from quarter-sawn wood. I don't have access to a quarter-sawn piece of the same tree from which to get the ribs. I'm a bit at a loss as to how to proceed since I am sure there are good reasons for the recommendation having to do with strength, shrinkage over time, resonance/tone, etc. My only way out it seems, short of finding new wood, would be to make strips off my quilted maple slab to make the ribs. But then the grain is out of whack. What would the downside(s) be of doing this? If feasible, looking at the end grain which is horizontal, should I make the ribs on this horizontal plane of the slab or on the vertical plane? Is using the slab for the ribs entirely out of the question? I thank you in advance for any help. MusicShop Pete