Lumber color code standard

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02-10-2009 08:49 PM

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When I pick up rough cut lumber from various places the end of the boards will be painted. I have seen white paint on Walnut boards ends and blue paint on Maple board ends. Is this paint marking a standard code used in the lumber industry?

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 09:14 PM

I’ve been told that certain harvesters, sawyers and lumber companies have their own standard, but as far as I know there is no industry standard.

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 10:16 PM

Nope just what ever that place likes. I can tell when I get lumber from one place where he gets it from just by the way the ends are sealed and colors used.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 02:06 AM

I think it’s just a sealant to keep the wood from drying too fat and cracking at the ends.

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 03:44 AM

Yeah, I’ve got eastern hard maple here with red ends, scraps bought from a place that buys it by the container, and a variety of things from a more local dealer with black and blue ends. So, no particular pattern here, and it doesn’t match what you’re seeing.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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