Which should I choose and why?

Plain Sawn – Quarter Sawn – Rift Sawn

We will explain the differences…


This cut of lumber is the most common and least expensive way to manufacture planks / veneers. Cutting logs in this fashion will create a cathedral or more open graining pattern on the face of the boards and veneers. Perfect if you appreciate the beautiful natural grain patterns of real wood. This product lands in the commodity category.


The angular growth rings intersect the face of the planks / veneers. Dramatic flecking is also present in red and white oak when this technique is used.  The graining pattern is tighter that plain sawn. This technique is used in high end wood flooring and cabinetry.

A couple reasons quarter sawn wood is more expensive is that manufacturing it produces a  lower yield, it is more labor intensive and not all sawmills are equipped to produce a quarter sawn product. Which lands this product in the specialty category.


This milling technique produces the straightest and tightest grain pattern with no flecking and is the most consistent. It is also the most dimensionally stable. This technique produces the most expensive veneers and planks. While milling Rift Sawn more waste is produced than the previously mentioned techniques. This is in the highest desirability of specialty category, making this the most expensive of the three.