Quarter-Sawn Oak Furniture
The term ‘quarter-sawn oak furniture’ means that craftsmen first slice the oak log into four wedges. Then, they cut the boards in equal widths running from the center of the log toward the bark. As a result, the wood’s annual rings intersect each board roughly at a 90 degree angle.
So why go through all the trouble to quarter-saw the oak log? Because quarter-sawn wood resists warping and splitting. It’s also more stable than plain-sawn wood. What’s more, quarter-sawn wood expands and contracts less than plain-sawn wood. Due to the strength and stability of quarter-sawn oak, the craftsmen who build Amish furniture for Weaver Furniture Sales build lots of quarter-sawn oak furniture. Check ’em out.
Quarter-Sawn Oak Furniture from Weaver Furniture Sales
Quarter-Sawn oak furniture from Weaver Furniture Sales has lots of advantages over plain-sawn oak. For example, quarter-sawn wood has a straighter, more even grain pattern than plain-sawn wood. This is because the lumber shows the side view of the annual rings. Also, quarter-sawn lumber reveals the wood’s ray cells which display a wavy, ribbon-like pattern called ray fleck. This is why cabinetmakers use quarter-sawn wood for decorative paneling and fine furniture.
Because the quarter-sawing process incurs more waste of the oak log, quarter-sawn oak pieces are more expensive than plain-sawn oak. But given the many advantages of quarter-sawn wood, furniture lovers think quarter-sawn oak furniture is well worth the price.