Following is an overview of wood cuts and sawing methods. Click on the below links to see our information sheets in an easy, ready to print format. Plan a visit to our showroom to chat or ask us about our Woods Cuts presentation (registered for AIA credit for those architects who are looking for continuing education credits).
The way a log is cut affects the appearance and performance of a piece of wood. The growth rings will always be visible on the face and the angle in which they meet the face of the board will change the look of the board. The medullary rays in the wood play a huge role in how moisture exits (think kiln-drying process to prepare wood to be manufactured into a usable wood product) and enters (think acclimation and/or re-entry of moisture in installed material due to improper conditions) a piece of wood. The medullary rays can also be exposed on the face of a board to drastically change its appearance. Finally, the way a log is cut will produce different reasonable limitations for width and length.