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Choosing the Floorboard Cut

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006

How a floorboard has been sawed from the log has bearing on its appearance, cost, and performance.

Quartersawn boards have a straight grain pattern. The milling process takes longer and results in more waste, so quartersawn boards are more expensive. But they are extremely stable and wear evenly.

Plainsawn boards have a wavy grain pattern. They are more common than quartersawn boards. However, in humid regions, gaps can develop between boards, because they expand and contract from side to side.