Understanding Cuts & Grades

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UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT CUTS OF FLOORING

In addition to different species that are available to make flooring, there are also different cuts of lumber within species that not only affect the appearance of the finished floor but also perform differently under various common conditions. Flooring is available if four different cuts: Plainsawn, Quartersawn, Riftsawn (commonly combined as Rift & Quartered) and Livesawn.