If you have ever admired those beautiful straight grain patterns in flooring or fine furniture you might have been enjoying what is referred to as rift sawn or quarter sawn lumber.
The most common way sawmills saw lumber is flat sawn or plain sawn. This typically results in a grain pattern that is peaked or what is sometimes referred to as cathedral.
Quarter-sawing and rift-sawing are two other sawing techniques. Rift and quartered lumber, although sawn slightly different, are usually manufactured together as compliments of one another. Rift sawn lumber, also known as straight grain, is cut at the sawmill with the grains intersecting the face of the board at an angle between 30 and 60 degrees. Quarter sawn lumber is cut with the grains intersecting the face board the board at an angle between 60 and 90 degrees. Both of these sawing techniques produce boards with a beautiful straight or linear grain pattern throughout the board.
Not only do our customers request rift & quartered for the special grain patterns, they also request it for the lumber’s stability.
Most people familiar with hardwood lumber know that rift & quartered products are available in white oak. But that is not the only species sawn that way. In our New York sawmills, the team has been sawing rift and quartered lumber in red oak, ash, cherry, hard maple, sycamore and even poplar for years. (We even offer soft maple upon special request...)
Much of the rift & quartered lumber we provide is done with program business. However, we regularly work with new clients to develop additional programs to manufacture certain species, thicknesses and grades specific to their needs. We have also provided rift and quartered lumber as green lumber based on a company’s preference.
If you are thinking about using rift and quartered lumber let us know. Contact us today for more specifics ono ur program!