Note: Reclaimed species may come in all 7 of these grades.
Clear Plainsawn contains mixed grain patterns. Materials are virtually free of knots with only an occasional pin knot 1/2″ or smaller in diameter. Occasional figure will be present.
Select Plainsawn contains both leaf and linear grain patterns with knots and other natural character markings. Knots will not be greater than 1 1/2” on their minor axis. Select Plainsawn may contain small cracks or filled cracks without limit.
Character Plainsawn contains mixed grain patterns and a wider range of character markings. It will contain more knots and larger knots than other grades. Character plainsawn will also contain more repaired areas or cracks. It sometimes contains “dutchmen” which are often sought after by our customers.
Distressed Plainsawn contains mixed grain patters with knots and other natural character markings throughout without limit. Nail holes, minor cracks, filled cracks or other distressed markings may be present.
Old Face Plainsawn contains planks whose faces are taken from the outermost part of reclaimed beams and planks. Each plank displays a uniquely distressed surface with a deep, rich patina which bears clear witness to its century or more of service. Old Face may also may contain mixed grain patterns with knots and other natural character markings throughout without limit. Nail holes, minor cracks, filled cracks or other distressed markings may also be present as well.
Select Quartersawn contains 75% or more clear material with a minimum of 75% straight grain. Knot size is limited to 1 ½’’ on the minor axis. This was the grade of flooring most sought after and traditionally used in Colonial America.
Perfection Quartersawn contains 98% clear material with a minimum of 90% having a linear, straight grained face. Perfection Quartersawn is the highest grade of flooring that Plankmaker produces.