Wood Flooring Cuts
The angle at which a board
is cut makes big differences in how the finished product looks. Wood flooring is either
plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn.
Plainsawn is the most
common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because figure
patterns resulting from the growth rings are more conspicuous.
Quartersawing produces less
board feet per log than plainsawing and is therefore more expensive. Quartersawn wood
twists and cups less and wears more evenly.
Riftsawn is similar to
quartersawing, but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.
Provided by the National Wood Flooring Association