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White oak flooring - rift/quarter-sawn vs. live sawn - advice needed!

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We are remodeling our entire first floor and want solid white oak throughout. Our flooring guy is wonderful and will help with advice on how to stain/seal, but I'm stuck on which cut to select. We've narrowed it down to rift- and quarter-sawn vs. live sawn. Would love advice on what we should be considering, and pictures, too, if you have them. It's so hard to get a sense of what a large, open floor plan would look like from small pictures of wood samples online.

Some info that might help:

  • Home is a 1972 (somewhat) mid-century mod/transitional home
  • The kitchen cabinets will be a mix of white (BM chantilly lace) and rift white oak (see stock photo below) that meets the floor. (Does this mean we should avoid rift and quartered for the flooring, or not necessarily?)
  • Space will be flooded with south-facing light much of the day
  • Boards will likely be 5 1/4" or 6 1/4" wide
  • We'd like some knots, but not a ton. We don't want it to look overly farmhouse-y or rustic
  • We want a somewhat uniform look and do not want to see saw blade markings (again, too rustic, we think?)
  • We are fine with some oak grain, but we don't want an excessive amount of the cathedral grain (as you see in plain sawn)
  • We want a light, natural wood look
  • We are located in Montana–quite dry year-round, so we're not overly concerned with fluctuations in humidity, though we would prefer a wood that is very stable

Thank you for any guidance here!



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