Quarter Sawn White Oak

Quarter Sawn White oak has a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak and growth rings are between 60° and 90° to the wide face of the board.

White Oak that you will find here at Anderson Lumber, has a finer texture than the more popular Red Oak. Quarter sawn white oak displays dramatic medullar figure called flake or fleck, and you’ll see this used in antiques, furniture and more.

The grain of quarter sawn white oak includes decorative effects such as ray flecks, interlocking, and wavy “ribbon” patterns, which are often featured in fine furniture and cabinetry. Quarter Sawn boards are also more stable and are less likely to cup or shrink.

Common Uses:

Architectural millwork
Kitchen cabinets
Barrel staves (tight cooperage)

Hardness: Hard

Quarter sawing gets its name from the fact that the log is first quartered in lengths which results in wedges with a right angle ending at approximately the center of the original log.

Then each quarter is taken and cut separately which results in boards with the annual rings mostly perpendicular to the faces.