From Tree To Timber—How Sawn wood is Formed

Trees grow in nearly every part of the world. The wood manufacturing process begins when trees are cut and form logs. From logs, there are various types of cutting processes that result in three cuts of wood: flatsawn wood, quartersawn wood, and riftsawn wood, also called flat sawn, quarter sawn, and rift sawn. These cuts are often referred to as sawnwood—or timber that is taken to a sawmill and sawed from tree logs into various lengths in various directions. The type of cut is identified by the tree’s growth rings that show on the wood boards. The end result is lumber that can be manufactured and used for a multitude of purposes including furniture, cabinetry, and wood paneling, to name a few. When large pieces of lumber are sawn for heavy construction, lumber is often called timber. You’ve heard the expression, “TIMBER,” often spoken when a large tree or other object is about to fall to the ground during a backyard or high-end construction project.

Flatsawn Wood

Flatsawn wood is most popular among retailers and buyers because it costs less to manufacture and the grain suits many types of wood applications. The milling process involves cuts through the center of the log with little waste. This flat sawn style of wood displays what is called a “cathedral” cut based on a tangential wood grain. Flat sawn wood is easy to find and cost effective for projects of every scale.

Quartersawn Wood

The quartersawn wood cut takes more time and labor to produce because the log must be cut into quarters. The patterns are often desirable for certain projects and in fact the process results in a stronger piece of wood that is more moisture resistant. Cupping, twisting, and warping are less likely than with flat sawn wood, but waste is usually higher. Buyers enjoy rich patterns and character in quarter sawn red oak and white oak.

Riftsawn Wood

For furniture and cabinetry, riftsawn wood is the most expensive and yet offers linearity in a straight-line grain. This cut is milled perpendicular to the growth rings. When furniture pieces need to match, rift sawn wood offers consistency. The manufacturing process is more labor intensive and waste is higher, so buyers will pay more. For beautiful custom wood parts for large-scale kitchen and bath cabinetry projects, rift sawn wood is the perfect choice if the budget is adequate.

Count on Timberpart

You can count on Timberpart for high-quality sawnwood used for commercial projects. If want to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers using red or white oak for your construction projects or supplier needs, Timberpart can help. We stand behind superior timber products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying natural wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.