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Rift and Quartered Oak Refurbish

Salt Lake City's Avenues and Sugar House neighborhoods feature some of Utah's oldest homes, the vast majority of which still showcase their original design details. In nearly all of these homes, the original flooring was 2" wide, rift and quartersawn oak. This method of milling oak is less commonly used in flooring today, as it demands a higher price tag over its traditionally cathedral-grained counterpart.

In addition to being harder than plain-sawn oak, the rift and quartered cut is the only way to see the amazing figuring (sometimes called "flecking") that can occur within oak lumber. As you can see in these images, old-growth oak features an astounding amount and depth of figuring, lending an immediate air of fine craftsmanship, exclusivity and dignity to the flooring industry's most commonly used species of hardwood.

Photos by Mike Price.
Country: United States
Zip Code: 84098
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Most species of wood used in hardwood flooring have some special feature that is only available when the lumber is quarter-sawn. Every species will showcase tight, vertical grain. Maple figuring can result in "flaming" or a "tiger-stripe" pattern perpendicular to the grain structure; walnut will normalize in color almost completely. Quarter-sawn owk boasts organic, cross-gra...More
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Modern construction methods and design attitudes often don't allow for the timeless beauty of a 2.25"-width floor. There is simply no other way to keep a turn of the century Salt Lake City home looking original than to utilize what was in the home to begin with.
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While rift and quartersawn oak can seem a little formal, keeping the color palette warm in the floor and adjacent woodworking left this project looking like a cozy, lived-in home.
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Painted risers allow the depth of the quartersawn stair treads and landing to present themselves as a feature of the house, drawing the eye to the wood's natural beauty.
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