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Category: hardwood lumber grading rules

Keynote Speaker Stuns with Inspirational Speech at 178th Inspector Training School Graduation

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Commencement exercises for the 178th class of the NHLA Inspector Training School were held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 with twenty-five students completing the program. The graduates included sixteen members of the traditional course and eight from the Progressive Program. Eric Porter, of Abenaki Timber Corporation and graduate of the School, delivered an inspirational message to a room filled to capacity. See the full speech below: ... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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Red Oak FAS Mineral

Question: We had some red oak lumber last week that graded FAS on both faces but both faces exceeded the mineral limitations.  Is the board down graded to a F1F or to 1 Common? If an FAS red oak board exceeds the limit for mineral on both faces than it is reduced to a 1 Common. If only one side of an FAS red oak board exceeds the mineral limitation than it would be reduced to a F1F.  Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Friday, August 30, 2013 | 3 comments
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F1F Pith Rule

Does the FAS pith rule apply to F1F lumber?   The FAS pith limitation is: “56. No piece shall be admitted which contains pith, boxed or showing , exceeding in the aggregate in inches in length the surface measure in feet.”  I interpret this to say that if I see pith on the FAS side at all than I would have to say that it is boxed for a portion of its length and that is what I would use to determine if it exceeds the limitation for the FAS side of the board.  If... Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Saturday, March 23, 2013 | 0 comments
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White Maple

Hard maple board, 6” x 8’ FAS cuttings all sapwood and the reverse side 1 Common half of the cuttings were sapwood with the remainder of the cutting being heartwood on face and one edge, will it meet the requirements for a # 1 or # 2 white.  This board will not meet the #1 or #2 white requirements due to the fact that both edges must be sapwood in all required cuttings. “In No. 2 White Maple one face and both edges of the required cuttings shall be sapwood and the reverse side of... Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Friday, March 22, 2013 | 2 comments
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Minimum Widths

Question: What is considered a 5” Select and where is the break point between 5” and 6” wide boards?  Answer: The answer is in the Minimum Width Rule: “Ninety percent of the minimum widths mentioned in all grades of lumber shall be full width; the remaining ten percent may be up to 1/4" scant in width. This rule also applies to each stock width and to any specified width.”   So, if the lumber is green or air dried it would be 5 ¾” for the 10% allowable and the rest would... Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 0 comments
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