Very helpfull post there woodman !:thumbsup:As far as I know there is only one grade of white oak that is 1/4 sawn. It comes from either a stave or veneer quality log. This means it will have no knots or blemishes of any kind. stave logs are used to make wine barrels. Veneer logs are used to make high end ply wood and high end furniture. I would veify the quality with the store and probably go with the cheeper one.
I'm not a big fan of the ray fleck, so I guess that means rift sawn is really what I'm looking, and not 1/4 sawn.Not all of 1/4 sawn white oak will have the ray fleck. But at least 90% should have. Thje price should refleck being 1/4 sawn. You loose about 30% of a log by 1/4 sawing. I would not accept it with less than 80%. I would get this in writting.