A time-tested favorite, Quartersawn/Riftsawn White Oak is a very durable flooring material. It is derived from lumber which is cut with the grain oriented at a 30-90 degree angle to the face of the plank. Not only does the quartersawing process produce an attractive appearance in the wood, but also results in improved durability, surface smoothness, and stability (it is about 50% more stable than plain-sawn White Oak). Many planks contain interesting medullary rays or “fleck.”
Our Mesa grade Quartersawn/Riftsawn White Oak will contain: color variation including mineral streaks; knots up to 2” in diameter (including open knots); holes up to 3/4” in diameter; cracks that don’t compromise the integrity of the flooring; worm holes; other character marks. The rustic character is allowed anywhere on the face of the planks. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with an average of 5’.
Our Madera grade in Quartersawn/Riftsawn White Oak will contain a range of color, knots (both sound and open) up to 2” in diameter, holes up to ½” in diameter, some cracks, a small amount of sap wood along with other occasional character marks. We do allow edge defect in this grade, but some clear boards are also included. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with an average of about 5’. This grade results in a floor with the classic quartersawn look with occasional rustic defects.
Hacienda, our highest grade, will contain less variations in color than Madera grade. Small mineral streaks are allowed. It is almost free from knots, with only occasional small pin knots (up to 3/16” in diameter) allowed. We do not allow any edge defect. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with the average length of about 3.5’.
To better understand Cathedral vs Quarter vs Riftsawn-cut wood, please refer to this chart.
Our Skip Sawn features a special surface texture showing random circle saw and band saw marks and color changes that are common in rough lumber. A very light cut is made on the face to create a reference point for the side match and end match. This results in an accurate fit of the tongue and groove, although there will be variation in the top surface due to the uneven saw marks.
Muscanell Skip Sawn can contain both circle-and band-saw marks, but most likely it will be heavy to band-saw marks. It will have some areas of “skip” and the remainder of the surface area will be planed smooth. (Please refer to photo for a representation of the “skip”). The skip portion can contain any defect found in rough lumber such as crayon marks, water marks, etc. In addition, our Skip Sawn grade can contain: color variation; knots up to 2” in diameter including open knots; holes up to 3/4” in diameter; cracks which don’t compromise the integrity of the flooring; other character marks. We do allow edge defect in this grade. Skipsawn is run as a “rustic” grade, but will not be as knotty as our Mesa grade. It will be endmatched and square-edged (no bevel). Lengths 1’-10’, with an average of 5’+. Skip Sawn results in a floor with a rustic, turn-of-the-century look.