When you own an architecturally significant house, it is extremely important to honor the historic design and keep the authenticity while renovating and making updates.
With today’s Engineered Materials used in the manufacture of Cabinetry Specific Decorative Panels, some of the wood grain textured finishes are so realistic and durable, that Architects, Designers and Home Owners alike, prefer them over natural wood.
Staying with the Authentic Look & Feel of natural wood, you can select rom a variety of available finishes that resemble wood in virtually every aspect but odor.
Here are 3 of the most common cuts of wood still used today in the manufacture of Cabinetry, in both natural and engineered wood.
PLAIN SAWN / FLAT SAWN FOR CABINETS
Most common, least expensive
Plain sawn, also commonly called flat sawn, is the most common lumber you will find. This is the most inexpensive way to manufacture logs into lumber.
Plain sawn lumber is the most common type of cut. The annular rings are generally 30 degrees or less to the face of the board; this is often referred to as tangential grain.
The resulting wood displays a cathedral pattern on the face of the board.
QUARTER SAWN WOOD FOR CABINETS
More expensive than plain sawn material
Quarter sawn wood has an amazing straight grain pattern that lends itself to design. Quarter sawn lumber is defined as wood where the annular growth rings intersect the
face of the board at a 60 to 90 degree angle. When cutting this lumber at the sawmill, each log is sawed at a radial angle into four quarters, hence the name. Dramatic flecking is also present in red oak and white oak.
RIFT SAWN WOOD FOR CABINETS
Most expensive, least common
Rift sawn wood can be manufactured either as a compliment to quarter sawn lumber or logs can be cut specifically as rift sawn.
In rift sawn lumber the annual rings are typically between 30-60 degrees, with 45 degrees being optimum. Manufactured by milling perpendicular to the log’s growth rings producing a linear grain pattern with no flecking. This method produces the most waste, increasing the cost of this lumber. Rift sawn lumber is very dimensionally stable and has a unique linear appearance. Refer to additional pictures.