On the Docket

Looking forward to trying my hand at some quarter and rift sawing this weekend courtesy of the trusty LT-15 and this fine batch of Cherry logs.


And here’s a great infographic from Wood-Mizer on the process:



7 thoughts on “On the Docket

  1. Wow, the cherry logs look fantastic!

    In the wood mizer article they show the usual, quite complicated quarter sawing process, which I’m familiar with.
    But the infographic shows an “easy” version.
    I just don’t get it: Wouldn’t you get the same quarter sawn boards from the center with simple flat sawing? The difference being that you remove the bark and pith while sawing (instead of doing it after drying, which is the usual European process).

    Only step 3 is substantially different from a flat cut, but produces only 30% quarter sawn boards.
    Whereas the traditional quarter sawing process produces only quarter sawn boards but as much saw dust as boards …

    But I’m probably misunderstanding something.

    • Hi Christian, it’s confusing to me too. Based on your description I think both methods ultimately work the same although I could be completely wrong. It gets a little squirrely when you are rotating that log around and trying to determine which cut will result in which grain orientation. In theory it makes sense but in practice it was kind of challenging to get it straight so to speak. I know for myself, trying it (and making mistakes) is usually the best way for me to actually understand it. So hopefully I’ll get the chance to try a couple of different methods and finally be able to conceptualize it in my head. I do believe that as you move through log, a certain portion of the cuts would end up being quarter sawn, some rift sawn and some plain sawn, so maybe the idea here is that you are orienting the log/timbers in such a way as to maximize the amount of rift/quarter sawn logs with the minimum amount of shifting the log around after every cut.

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