Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:36

Center Cut White Oak

If you have been in the hardwood lumber industry long enough there is no doubt you have heard about some of the more common sawing techniques. Flat sawn, live sawn, rift sawn, and quarter sawn each have their own unique characteristics and make a great product for their unique applications. But what about Center Cut?

At Baillie, we are trying a new sawing technique on our White Oak logs that yields a quite different product than the more common techniques listed above.Center Cut White Oak Smyrna DSC3061 2

Center Cut sawing involves squaring up a log through the saw and then cutting straight through the cant to yield 3 to 4 boards per log. The product created this way is much different than you would get from traditional sawing techniques. The result is a board with cathedral grain in the center with Rift & Quartered grain characteristics on the edges.  What is also unique about this product is that it contains pith. Traditionally, many customers don’t want any pith in their hardwood lumber but in this case we have had customers request it to achieve a specific, almost rustic look. This technique achieves that effect.

So who is this product good for?  Right now, customers in the hardwood flooring industry really seem to be interested in Center Cut White Oak. It is used in both solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Center Cut White Oak comes in 4/4 thickness and width ranges from 8.5” to 10”. This is a specialty product that usually must be requested ahead of time. However, our Smyrna, NY facility does a great job producing this unique product.

Have any questions about Center Cut White Oak? Let us know. We are always happy to help.

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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