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How to Make Quartersawn Lumber on a Table Saw

Quartersawn wood is more stable lumber than plain sawn, and you can cut quartersawn wood out of scraps of plain sawn wood you already have in the shop.

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quartersawn wood is more stable than plain sawn
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Mark the Wood

Take a piece of plain sawn wood and on the end of the board, mark out the quartersawn pieces you can cut out. You can typically find quartersawn wood in the center of a plain sawn board. On the edges of the plain sawn board, you will have to make angled cuts to extract the quartersawn wood.

mark out quartersawn pieces to be cut

Step 2: Make the Cuts

Take the board to your table saw. Turn the angle of the blade to match the angle of the first angled line you marked on the wood. (Calipers can be used to help achieve the correct angle.) Make a second cut, following the next angled line, then make two more cuts on that angled-cut board to cut it into a square piece.

make cuts on marked angled line