Quarter sawn oak furniture is in high demand today for its unique grain pattern, strength, and artistic beauty. Quarter sawn oak does not expand and contract as much as standard cut oak. Because it can withstand the elements of temperature and humidity change, many antique furniture pieces were made from quarter sawn oak. When quarter sawning wood, the beauty of medullary rays and flakes of the wood grain become present, especially after the finishing process. The Amish in particular tend to make their furniture out of quarter sawn oak. They will build just about anything in any style with quarter sawn lumber. Mission style seems to be the most popular made from quarter sawn oak furniture.
How Quarter Sawn Oak Differs From Standard Oak In Furniture
Usually made from white oak trees opposed to red oak, quarter sawn oak basically means what its called. Quarter sawn means the direction that the lumbar is cut. In general, most wood for furniture is cut at the saw mill horizontally with the wood grain. To get quarter sawn lumbar, the log is cut in half and then into quarters. Afterwards, each quarter is cut one piece at a time, preserving and in most cases exposing the side of the grain instead of the plane of the wood grain. This unique technique of lumbar milling is the basis to the strength and beauty of quarter sawn oak furniture.
Amish-made Quarter Sawn Oak Furniture
Today, the Amish are leaders in making quarter sawn oak furniture. Our Amish friends will craft any piece in the finish color and size of your choice. Check out our products from Fusion Designs and Keystone Collections as they all are offered in quarter sawn oak. Choose from their dining to bedroom furniture in the finish of your choice. If you are trying to find the right finish color for your room, provide a sample and they will match it for you. Visit our New Jersey showroom to view our Amish furniture. Our friendly sales team will guide you in selecting you choice.