The half-log or flitch is mounted with the heart side flat against the flitch table of the slicer and the slicing is done parallel to a line through the center of the log. This produces a cathedral grain pattern.
The quarter log or flitch table so that the growth rings of the log strike the knife at approximately right angles, producing a series of stripes, straight in some woods varied in others.
RIFT CUT SLICING
Rift cut veneer is produced in the various species of Oak. Oak has medullary ray cells which radiate from the center of the log like spokes of a wheel. The rift or comb grain effect is obtained by cutting at an angle of about 14% off of the quartered position to avoid the flake figure of the medullary rays.
A variation of rotary cutting in which segments or flitches of the log are mounted off center in the lathe. This results in a cut slightly across the annular growth rings, and visually shows modified characteristics of both rotary and plain sliced veneers.
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