Lumberyard wood color guide?

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Forum topic by DrewM posted 04-13-2012 02:36 AM 923 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2012 02:36 AM

The lumberyard I visit uses a color coding system painted on the ends of their lumber. They have a large selection and I only know a few of the colors. such as red = cherry, yellow = walnut, blue = maple. That’s all I can remember at the moment. my question is there a standard color system used or is it more or less up to the lumberyard to decide. thanks.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 05:13 AM

Never heard of a standard set of colors. I would guess that the “standard” colors are from the supplying mill or sheet goods manufacturer.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 05:24 AM

I would say Dave is correct on this one. I think every vendor I use has a different color per say maple, cherry etc.
Years ago I asked a vendor this question and was told the mill colors adds it the ends not us.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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