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#1 posted 12-08-2017 06:08 PM

Quartersawn white oak (any oak, but especially white) looks very different when QS as opposed to flatsawn or riftsawn. It is desirable for that quality. Most woods don’t look very drastically different when QS. There is some different grain patterning associated with the different cuts, but in general it takes a bit of a trained eye to tell (which many of us around here have, but few others).
The biggest reason to quartersaw lumber is because it adds a lot of stability to the wood. The lumber will expand and contract mostly along its width, rather than its length. This is helpful in lots of applications. However, if a species is very stable to begin with, then quartersawing doesn’t add as much value to the wood. And it matters because when you saw a log into lumber, the most efficient way to saw doesn’t yield much QS lumber. Example: A log might be able to yield 8 boards of QS lumber, or 14 boards, some of which are QS, some flatsawn, and some riftsawn. If you can sell 14 boards rather than 8 with the same log, most people will do that.

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