There is a lot of inaccurate information about Quarter Sawing on the Internet, so don’t believe everything you read. Here are some FAQs on the subject:
What is Quarter Sawing? It’s a way of sawing lumber out of a log that changes its appearance and the attributes of the lumber.
Why Quarter Saw? There are many reasons to use this technique. It offers greater resistance to abrasion, shrinkage and expansion from moisture and is stronger in some respects. Quarter Sawing can show characteristics in the wood (called “figuring”) that would not be visible in flat sawing and the list of reasons goes on.
Why don’t you see Quarter Sawn lumber more often? In furniture it is still the preferred sawing method. In flooring, I have seen the term drastically exaggerated and confused with “Rift” and “Flat” sawn. Mostly, it takes a lot more time and attention to detail than flat sawing, so it costs more to buy and creates a larger waste in the log.
If you need help determining which type of lumber you want for your next project, call me or shoot me an email; and I’ll be happy to help you achieve your woodworking goals.
Thanks, The Sawmill Guy!