crosspost: RIFTsawn over radiant, or must use qtrsawn?

huangoOctober 3, 2012

Crosspost on HeatingForum:

I am putting radiant heating under my wood flooring for kitchen and livingroom (and familyroom but that�s tiled).

My 1976 house in MA doesn�t have central AC nor dehumidifier.

So humidity level goes from 20-80%.

I want to go with 3" wide �" thick ALL rift sawn white oak.

Do I have to go with quartersawn white oak for increased stability?

Here are 2 samples next to my cabinet doors. These planks has 1 coat of walnut stain but NO poly yet. Just a sample.

Left = quartersawn (see the flecks or tiger-wood-ish graining?); Right plank = rift sawn.

Reminder: base cabinets = black-brown; peninsula and uppers flanking hood = white

I think I want all riftsawn, because I really like the straight graining of the rift sawn.

I see the flecks of the qtrsawn as flawed or damaged/marred wood flooring.

Or am I missing something, because the lovers of quartersawn would think I�m crazy to not want qtr.

(when the sawns are bundled, usually it�s only 20% qtr and 80% rift. People buy more boxes just so that they can have more of 50%/50%, leaving some of the riftsawn aside/throw out).

Am I over analyzing this?

Thanks for any thoughts,

Amanda

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If you like Rift Sawn stick with it. As long as you acclimate the wood properly you shouldn't have any issues. Yes Qtr sawn is beautiful and desirable among most but it's not for everyone.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 12:00AM
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