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Posted on Why Is Rough Sawn Lumber Cut In Such Long Lengths?

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OggieOglethorpe

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 12:54 PM

Pockets Full is dead on…

Here is one example of grading standards.

Note that minimum widths and lengths for specific grades vary by species… Top grades include minimum “clear cuttings” of stated lengths and widths. To include the proper clear areas for grade, the board often needs to be larger than the minimum overall size.

As far as sized to typical uses, remember that a good amount of hardwood ends up as trim and molding, not furniture, so 12-16’ lengths are necessary. You can always shorten a board.


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