A method of cutting lumber where the annual growth rings of the log are between 45 – 90 degrees to the face of the board. Also called straight-grained, quarter-sawn lumber tends to be more dimensionally stable and slightly harder than plain-sawn or flat-sawn lumber.
The annual growth rings form an angle of 45 degrees to 90 degrees with the surface of the piece. In Quarter Sawn strips the medullary rays or pith rays in ring porous woods are exposed as flecks which are reflective and produce a distinctive grain pattern.
In commercial practice lumber cut with rings (see either and end of board) at angle of 45° to straight up 90°...i.e., parallel or almost parallel with medullary ray. In Oak it produces spotted figure; in Mahogany a ribbon-stripe. Advantages in Quarter-Sawing: Shrinks, twists, cusps, and splits less.
Quarter-sawing means cutting a log radially (90-degree angle) to the growth rings to produce a “vertical” and uniform pattern grain. This method yields fewer and narrower boards per log than plain sawing, boosting their cost significantly. Quarter-sawn boards are popular for decorative applications such as cabinet faces or wainscoting. They will expand and contract less than boards sawn by other methods.
A method of cutting lumber where the annual rings are relatively perpendicular to the face of the board. Quarter-sawn lumber tends to be more dimensionally stable than other forms of lumber, such as plain sawn.
Wood that has been cut on radius of the tree so that the rings are perpendicular to the surface of the plank. - Category: Equipment and Gear