Quarter-sawing gets its name from the fact that the log is first quartered lengthwise, resulting in wedges with a right angle ending at approximately the center of the original log. Each quarter is then cut separately by tipping it up on its point and sawing blanks successively along the axis. That results in blanks with the annual rings mostly perpendicular to the faces. Quarter sawing yields blanks with straight striped grain lines, greater stability than flatsawn wood, and a distinctive ray and fleck figure. It also yields narrower blanks, because the log is first quartered, and is more wasteful.
Quartersawn blanks can also be produced by cutting a blank from one flat face of the quarter, flipping the wedge onto the other flat face to cut the next blank, and so on.