How To: Quartersawing with a sawmill

How to Quarter Saw Logs

I'm quarter sawing oak logs.  I've been doing a lot of flatsawing (also known as plainsawn or "through and through sawn") with my Timberking b20 bandsaw mill.  I've got a couple more nice logs that would make some decent quarter sawn lumber.

What is Quarter Sawn?

Quarter sawn is when the board is cut so that the grain is perpendicular to the face of the board.  Boards with the rings running from 45 to 90 degrees to the wide face of the board are considered quartersawn.  Boards with the rings running 0 to 45 degrees to the wide face of the board are considered flatsawn.  The picture below illustrates plainsawn and quartersawn.  Note that the center boards of plainsawn logs will actually be quartersawn.

quarter-sawn

Here is a video that illustrates the technique for quartersawing a log.

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