So I haven't even put epoxy to wood yet, but here I am on my second post. I'm wondering which side of the okoume most people use for their finished exterior since marine ply has 'good' veneers on both sides. I noticed while lining up my scarfs last night that the nice side of the wood (the side opposite manufacture stamping and stickers) has some hairy grain to it, almost as if it wasn't planed closely enough in the finishing process. This side also has the most beautiful swirls and color, and would be gorgeous on the exterior. My question: do people typically choose the manufacturer's recommended 'good' side (non-marked) or just pick and choose accordingly? This won't effect my scarfing tomorrow, but I'd like to have an idea before gluing on the sheer clamps on Sunday. I guess my main worry is sanding down all the rougher grain and potentially breaking through the veneer (but its just so beautiful!).