Sawn Lumber

Discover which sawn lumber is right for your next wood working project.

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Check out this video explaining exactly what sets Plain/Flat Sawn, Quarter Sawn, and Rift Sawn Lumber apart. You''ll also discover why each type of sawn lumber has a different cost.

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Plain Sawn vs Quarter Sawn vs Rift Sawn
  • Faster to produce
  • More affordable
  • Displays varied grain patterns & the unique "cathedral" appearance
  • Readily available
  • More stable than plain sawn lumber
  • Increased moisture resistance
  • Less likely to cup, twist & warp
  • Beautiful ribbon aka "fleck" patterns are prevalent in species like White Oak & Red Oak
  • Less expensive than rift sawn lumber
  • Ideal for custom furniture makers to use for table, chair and other straight pieces
  • The most dimensionally stable cut of lumber available
  • Unique, linear appearance on both sides of the lumber planks

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Plain Sawn

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Plain sawn (aka Flat Sawn) wood is the most readily available type of wood to purchase. Milling this kind of material is faster as each log is sliced through the center. There is also very minimal waste involved. When you combine a larger yield of lumber with faster milling times, you also end up with a more affordable piece of lumber.

Plain sawn wood material does have some structural drawbacks. Due to the tangential grain, there is a higher chance of cupping and twisting with plain sawn lumber.
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Quarter Sawn

quarter sawingQuarter Sawn Lumber

Quarter sawn wood is more dimensionally stable than plain sawn lumber. More physical labor and time are required to make a piece of lumber, or flooring plank quarter sawn. By cutting a log into four quarters, then plain sawing each quarter, you end up with lumber that naturally resists cupping. This results in a material that has a more unique, linear grain pattern.

Keep in mind, the increased labor and benefits bring a higher cost per board foot. Quarter sawing produces more waste than typical plain sawn lumber.
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Rift Sawn

rift sawingRift Sawn Lumber

Rift sawn wood is used for applications that require straight lined grain through and through. For instance, tables, chairs and other furniture legs benefit greatly from having all exposed sides with the same linear appearance. Rift sawn lumber milling is more labor intensive than both plain and quarter sawn lumber. Which produces more waste per log.

Rift sawn lumber is more expensive than quarter sawn wood due to the amount of labor involved in cutting each individual plank as well as the wasted wood.
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