Timber Sawn Types
When lumber is cut from logs, it is typically cut in one of four ways: quarter sawn, rift sawn, plain sawn or live sawn. Each type of lumber is dependent on how the log is oriented and cut at the sawmill. The result is a particular orientation of the growth rings on the end grain of the board and is what defines the type of lumber. The type of cut also determines the figure in a piece of wood and the wood’s mechanical properties.