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#1 posted 12-08-2017 11:35 PM

Any Quarter Sawn lumber(called vertical grain in softwoods) will be far more stable than Flat Sawn, due to the growth rings being perpendicular to the face of the board vs. semi parallel to the face. One drawback is quarter sawn lumber can have a lot more bow than flat sawn. Usually not a problem except for longer lengths(more waste).

The reasons for quarter sawn lumber not being readily available in most species is a combination of a couple of simple factors.
More time and waste when sawing a log which raises the end cost.
and truthfully….’most’ Q sawn lumber is boring to look at comparatively speaking vs. a flat sawn cathedral grain.
People don’t want to pay more…for less.
It has it’s place though, especially in modern, and some contemporary Architectural mill work.

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