Lumber Grade Summary - What do all those abbreviations mean?
Select & Btr. > Select lumber is 7/8 or 80% clear on 1 surface. Widths 4" and wider.
No 1 Com. > Lumber is 66% or 2/3 clear and useable. THis is the most commonly used lumber grade. Widths 3" and wider.
No 2 Com. > Lumber is 50% or 1/2 clear and useable. This is the most economical grade for smaller projects, however it does yeild a higher waste percentage.
UNSEL > Mixed sapwood & heartwood, mostly occurs in Maple
Lumber Lengths: 8', 10', 12'
We also have lower grade lumber presized at 6" wide for fencing, planking, and decking. Contact us with questions.
Please contact our lumber salesman Jason at 269-341-1040 for an appointment to view or purchase lumber.
Helpful Tips on Buying Lumber:
Know your project: Buying lower grade lumber and cutting between the defects or knots for your project pieces will save you money. Keep in mind on an average the waste percentage on an average project can be between 20% to 40% pending on the type project and materials acquired.
Check out the woodworkers video shop for helpful hints: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/video there are many free videos located on that site that promise to be quite helpful.
Board Foot Calculation is based on inches, see calculation and example below:
(Length x Width x Thickness) / 144 = Board Foot
Example: L 52" x W 44" x T 1" = 2288 divide by 144 = 15.88 board foot
Thickness when calculating rough saw:
4/4 = 1", 5/4 = 1.25", 6/4 = 1.5", 8/4 = 2", 10/4 = 2.5", 12/4 = 3"
Our rough saw lumber manufactured thickness is 1/8 to 3/16" oversized.
Our rough saw kiln dried lumber averages 1/16 to 1/8" oversized.
Rough saw lumber is sold in random widths with average widths from 4 to 7".
Our lumber is warehoused and air dried for 3 to 6 months to help even out moisture content. When the lumber is loaded into the kiln its moisture content is fed into the computer resulting in more consistently dried lumber.