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Quarter Sawing
« on: April 14, 2005, 09:58:20 PM »
I have about 1500 ft  10-14 inch dia cherry,      any advantage to quarter sawing it ? How about ash ? I quarter sawed some white pine , besides being ugly the knots weakened the boards. Quarter sawing the oak made beauitiful lumber.

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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2005, 10:07:36 PM »
i would recomend against quartering the cherry..it looks much better flat sawn.imo ;)
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2005, 10:15:53 PM »
Thanks, thats what I've done  in the past, trying to even out the sap wood on the sides. These are big enough I could problably get some six inch wide quarter sawn out of a few of  them.

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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2005, 10:53:18 PM »
Yep, but who wants q sawn cherry?? It is a bit more stable BUT thats not as important as the lost wood and inferior appearance...Why do you want to quarter??
I have never quartered ash...but I bet it would still look staight grained and white ;) :)
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2005, 11:19:01 PM »
Russ,
Flat sawn cherry has all the figure. 
The grain of quarter sawed  is non-descript.

I seldom produce cherry with vertical grain.  I quarter sawed some deliberately one time for a gun stock and I've bastard sawed some for spindles and legs, but, most all is flat sawed with the biggest concern getting the most lumber from around the heart checks. :)
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2005, 11:42:52 PM »
Hi!!  I was going to Qsaw some Birch tomorrow for flooring to see if it still has character.  I like flatsawn, but is it stable enough?
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2005, 04:27:26 PM »
We have flat sawn cherry flooring. It works just fine.  ;)
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2005, 08:40:42 PM »
I just flat sawed some cherry today that had been on the forest floor about 10 years. Lost about 2" around most of it, a little more lost on bottom but rest looks surprisingly good. Nice figured stuff. Still got some more to do next time I saw, hope that looks as good.  I cut some for gun stock blanks and the rest into 1" boards. Will air dry it then sell. 8)
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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2005, 09:28:53 PM »
That makes it easy, flat saw the boards, and quarter saw some 2" in case he wants some legs or something. Still not sure what to do with the ash. I think he wants mostly 5/quarter boards.

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Re: Quarter Sawing
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2005, 09:51:12 AM »
I quarter sawed some ash last sumer. The grain was very straight and the wodd still white and no figure. The boards are very stable however. I just brought them inside and checked them with a straight edge and I found them to be nice & flat.
Some of these boards were sold to make oars for a canoe & being quarter sawed was desirable for that. I also plan to use some of it for handles on tools.


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