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Forum topic by MrRon posted 04-11-2013 05:19 PM 1015 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2013 05:19 PM

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I have noticed when searching throught the lumber piles at Lowes and HD, that due to the sawing of logs into dimensional lumber, some comes out plain sawn, some rift sawn and a few end up as quarter sawn. The ones closesr to the center of the log look quarter sawn. If I am looking for straight lumber with the least distortion, should I be looking for the “quarter sawn” boards, or am I just wasting my time. I’m talking 1×6’s, up to 1×12’s in pine. If I want good 1x’s, would I be better off buying 1×12’s and ripping them down to the desired width? I have noticed that 1×10’s and 12’s are flatter than a 1×4 or 6. What do you think?

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 06:07 PM

Yes, absolutely. I do that all of the time. Go to the widest pine boards and look at the end grain. If you see the pith those are the boards you want. Then rip the pith section out and put it in the burn pile what you have left is 2 quarter sawn pine boards that can be used for all manner of furniture projects. I built this table using exactly this method.

and this tool box.

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 10:26 PM

Another trick is to think about it this way. If you are sawing 90 degrees to the grain pattern of certain dimensional lumber boards you are also getting quarter sawn lumber, or you can rift saw lumber, depending on the starting board.

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