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PLAINSAWN CUTS

Plainsawing is the most common and least expensive method of sawing; most wood flooring is cut this way. Plainsawn lumber is obtained by making the first saw cut down the length of the log and the remaining cuts parallel to the first. This method is the most economical because it provides the widest boards and Plainsawnresults in the least amount of waste.

Plainsawn lumber will tend to contain more variation within and among boards. Also, since plainsawn wood is less dimensionally stable, the lumber will tend to expand and contract more across the width of the boards than quartersawn lumber.

Physical factors to consider when choosing plainsawn lumber:

  • Wood grain patterns resulting from the annual rings are more conspicuous in plainsawn wood.
  • Plainsawn wood is less dimensionally stable and will expand and contract more across the width of the boards.
  • Inperfections, when present, extend through fewer boards.
     

QUARTERSAWN CUTS

To make quartersawn flooring, the log is first cut into quarters and then sawn perpendicular to the growth rings. This cut Quartersawnproduces a floor with a tight vertical grain which looks good and is very stable. When quartersawn flooring is introduced to changing humidity, the wood expands and contracts vertically instead of horizontally. This characteristic makes quartersawn flooring an ideal choice for installations over radiant floor heating.

Physical factors to consider when choosing quartersawn lumber:

  • Quartersawn flooring is more stable because it expands and contracts vertically instead of horizontally.
  • Quartersawn wood twists and cups less.
  • Quartersawn floors wear more evenly.
  • The wood splits less during seasoning and in use.
  • Raised grain in the annual growth rings does not appear as pronounced.

 


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