How the Wood is Cut

resinousPlain Sawn (flat sawn, flat grain)

  • Species with pronounced growth rings will present with arched or parabolic grain.
  • Less dimensionally stable than quarter sawn, so it will exhibit lateral movement and expansion.
  • More prone to cupping and expansion due to moisture.

Quarter Sawn (vertical grain, straight grain, comb grain)

  • Will present with straight or linear grains.
  • More stable than plain sawn, will exhibit vertical movement or expansion.
  • Less prone to cupping than plain sawn.

resinousRotary Sawn Veneers

  • Will often present with grain similar to plain sawn wood.
  • Used in engineered wood flooring.