In Mesa grade, our White Oak it will contain color variation, 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, along with other character marks. We do allow edge defect in this grade. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with an average of 5’+. Mesa grade White Oak results in a floor with lots of contrasting color and character.
In Madera grade, our White Oak will contain a range of color, knots (both sound and open) up to 2” in diameter, holes up to 3/4” in diameter, some cracks and pith, unlimited sapwood (normally a small amount) 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 an overall rustic appearance, but with some clear boards and very nice length.
In Casa grade, White Oak will contain color variation and knots up to 1-1/2” in diameter, along with other occasional character marks, but no edge defect. Small open holes, up to 1/4” in diameter, are also allowed. Casa grade White Oak results in a floor with beautiful contrasting tones, and sound defect requiring very little fill. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with an average of about 5’.
Hacienda, our highest grade, has less extreme variations in color than Casa grade. It is almost free from knots, with only occasional small pin knots (up to 3/16” in diameter) allowed. Lengths of planks vary from 1’ to 10’, with the average of 5’. This creates a floor with a refined look, more consistent color, and long length.
White Oak Buckboard
Our Buckboard flooring features a special surface texture that preserves some of the random circle-saw and band-saw marks that were made when the log was first cut into boards. These sawmarks are subdued with our process of wirebrushing and polishing. A bevel on the sides also softens the edges of the planks. A staining process that accentuates the saw marks can be done during installation. Buckboard flooring results in a rustic antique look, featuring some original saw marks, but still designed for everyday living.
Contains: circle-saw and/or band-saw marks; some small areas of overwood and underwood where deeper saw marks occur; color variation; knots up to 2” in diameter; open holes up to ¾” diameter; cracks which don’t compromise the integrity of the flooring; other character marks. Any defect found in rough lumber such as crayon marks and water marks can occur near sawmarks. 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’.
Muscanell’s Cathedral Cut White Oak results in a grand rustic, long-length floor that shows off all the grain patterns of White Oak. It is a rustic product, but the grading does not fall neatly within the description of our other custom grades (Mesa, Madera etc). We maximize length of the planks in our Cathedral Cut by including larger knots, holes, and other character marks.
Contains: grain variation including plainsawn, Quartersawn, and riftsawn (often all within one plank); unlimited knot size (knots are included as long as they are fillable); color variation; some sapwood; small areas of scant (unplaned wood). Lengths are 2’ to 10’.
To better understand Cathedral vs Quarter vs Riftsawn-cut wood, please refer to this chart.