PLAIN SAWN VS. QUARTER SAWN VS. RIFT SAW
One of the most common sources of confusion in the high-end of the wood flooring industry revolves around the topic of sawing methods, specifically plain sawn vs. quarter sawn vs. rift sawn. The graphics below, and the embedded video, do a nice job explaining the differences.
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NOTE THE GREATER WASTE FACTORS WHICH, WHEN COMBINED WITH A HIGHER LABOR COST, MAKE QUARTER SAWN AND RIFT SAWN PRODUCTS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN PLAIN SAWN.
PLAIN SAWN IS CHARACTERIZED BY “CATHEDRAL” OR “FLAME” GRAIN, BUT CAN CONTAIN ELEMENTS OF QUARTER AND RIFT GRAIN AS WELL
QUARTER SAWN WHITE OAK WILL CONTAIN STRIKING MEDULLARY RAY FORMATIONS, COMMONLY CALLED “RAY” OR “FLAKE”.
RIFT SAWN IS SIMILAR TO QUARTER SAWN, BUT WITH MUCH LESS OCCURENCE OF MEDULLARY RAY FORMATIONS. PLEASE NOTE THAT WIDER PLANKS OF RIFT-SAWN WILL DEVELOP QUARTER SAWN GRAIN (TREES ARE ROUND!).