Lumber color code standard

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by rshep55 posted 02-10-2009 08:49 PM 9299 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View rshep55's profile


70 posts in 3463 days

02-10-2009 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

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

4 replies so far

View JimmyC's profile


106 posts in 3430 days

#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.

-- -JimmyC...Clayton,NC- "Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave"

View Al Killian's profile

Al Killian

273 posts in 3781 days

#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

View Karson's profile


35126 posts in 4429 days

#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.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Dan Lyke's profile

Dan Lyke

1520 posts in 4153 days

#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,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics