What is the meaning of the furniture term Quartered?

In the context of furniture, the term quartered refers to a particular method of cutting and arranging the wood grain pattern for decorative purposes. It involves cutting a log into quarters and then slicing each quarter to create veneers or boards with a distinctive grain pattern. The resulting pieces showcase a straight grain with rays or flecks that radiate outwards from the center, creating a visually appealing effect. Quartered wood is often used in high-end furniture to enhance the overall design and aesthetic appeal. Method of cutting the log into four quarters through the center, and then into parallel boards, in order to produce a grain having a cross section of the rays.
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