One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The method or action of sawing timber tangential to the growth rings, so that the rings make angles of less than 45° with the faces of the boards produced.
- ‘Plain sawing is the most common method of sawing and consequently most lumber is plain sawn.’
- ‘As described, quarter sawing is more of an art than plain sawing.’
- ‘This process does not produce any more waste than plain sawing, but it does require some extra time to flip the quarters back and forth.’
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