One of the most popular veneer questions has always been ”what’s the difference between ’quarter sliced’ and ‘plain sliced’ veneer?” To help clear up the confusion, Steve in Tech Support offers this clarification:
The term “quarter sliced” refers to the way in which the veneer is cut from the log. A plain sliced veneer is cut straight through the log from one side to the other. With quarter sliced veneer, the log is cut into four quarter (just like cutting a pie) and then the slices are cut from those quarters. When logs are cut this way a different grain pattern is created, which in some species, such as oak, tends to be unusual and often more desirable. Where the species is noted as plain sliced, it is done so to indicate that it is not a quarter slice and that the species is also offered in a quarter slice. If there is no designation, the offering is a plain sliced cut and is not available in a quarter sliced.
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