How come construction lumber has rounded edges....

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 09-28-2014 06:42 PM 4255 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...and ‘premium cut’ lumber has square edges?

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 07:12 PM

splinter prevention…those in construction do not caress a piece of construction lumber the same way we treat our expensive hardwoods

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 07:25 PM

I would like to think that it is for handling safety, but I believe it is mainly done to help prevent it from catching fire while its drying out. My guess is that since sharp edges splinter easily, they leave thin pieces of wood which dry very quickly and easily ignite. I see at the large lumber yards here in Norway where the boards are cut and planed that they have sprinker systems that they water the lumber with when it’s warm to prevent fire as construction fir burns quite readily.

I would think that premium lumber is a lot more dense and therefore not too easy to ignite and it is usually stickered and covered to dry outdoors or kiln dried and in both cases probably stored under a roof after that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 08:33 PM

Stefang is absolutely correct.

Construction grade lumber has “rounded” edges to make it less susceptible to catching fire, both while drying and in construction use. Sharp edges or corners catch fire much easier than do rounded ones.


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#4 posted 09-28-2014 08:36 PM

Wow, I had no idea.

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 05:19 AM

It’s amazing what we can learn here!


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