Sawing Methods

HOW WE CUT LOGS

Methods

CUSTOMIZE YOUR PROJECT

It’s All In the Cut

The way the log is cut creates differences between grains and a big difference in the look of your finished boards or beams.

When a sawyer cuts a log, usually the goal
is to obtain the largest volume of usable wood in the shortest length of time. But you’ve hired a portable sawmill owner so the method depends only on your taste, project and budget. We can help you select the best sawing method for the species of wood and its future use.

Plain/Flat Sawn

Most common method of sawing. The log is cut one layer after another, from top to bottom.  Yields the most lumber and produces the widest possible boards with the least log waste. Can be used in a variety of projects.

Quarter Sawn

The round log is quartered and sawn so rings are as vertical as possible. Makes for a very straight grained, stable board with rustic appeal. Time consuming and labor intensive; yields fewer and narrower boards.

Rift Sawn

The round log is quartered and sawn at 30-60° angles to the board surface. Produces a unique linear appearance easily confused with quarter-sawn but with no flecking. Significant log waste makes it most expensive method.

Live/Slab Sawn

Log is cut one layer after another but boards retain bark on outside edges. A favorite of rustic furniture makers, the boards make attractive bar tops, live edge tables, shelves and benches.

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