How is Quarter Sawn Oak made?
The diagram on the left shows the cross section of a log ready to be sawn shows how Quarter Sawn flooring is made.
With the black circles representing the growth rings, or the verticle grain, of the wood and the red lines representing the sawblade, the first step is to cut the log in half.
Following this, the log is turned by 45 degrees and sawn so that the wedge is at a right angle to the centre of the log. This wedge is then passed through the saw blade without changing the angle of the log.
The boards that are cut from this process mostly have a perpendicular grain structure, or closer to the edge have an almost right angle cut relative to the centre of the log.
This process continues, turning the log by 45 degrees and passing the log through the sawn without changing its angle.
Many of the boards from this process are narrow, due to the angle of the log not being changed when each wedge is sawn.