What is Quarter Sawn Lumber?

There are three different types of wood cuts. Quarter sawn is considered the best cut method. Plain sawn is the most common because it is the fastest to cut and it produces the least amount of waste. However, plain sawn boards will tend to cup and warp in the direction opposing the curve of annual growth rings in the wood. Plain sawn boards also tend to expand and contract much more. Quarter sawn boards are simply much more stable than plain sawn which is a large reason why fine furniture and cabinet makers have traditionally used them. Aesthetically the finished woodwork has an increased depth and distinction that further differentiates quarter sawn wood from plain sawn.