Rift & Quartered Red Oak has an elegant, straight grained appearance with beautiful figure, which sets it apart from the more common "Cathedral Grain" properties of plain sawn Red Oak. Its inherent qualities of stability and beauty place it in the premium company of Hard Maple, Walnut and Cherry. Rift & Quartered sawn boards help to minimize the movement that occurs when wood reacts to the moisture and temperature changes that occur with the changing seasons.