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Re: Lumber grading
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2009, 07:43:47 PM »
The only time we tally on the line is when we buy green from other mills. Than we have to re-inspect for grade and footage.

Our everyday production is block scaled out of the mill.

As Ron stated,the markets right now have everyone running a tight ship and we are no exception.

The rule book is simply a guide. This industry is driven by the customer. What the rule back says is OK, isn't with most customers.

We have been cutting some special order 6/4 Walnut. The customer sent us 3 pages of their rules and than followed up with a mill visit while we we're cutting the first run. From paper to in person, there was some give to the tight rules.


Are you guys an almost wane free mill?

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Re: Lumber grading
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2009, 08:33:06 PM »
No, I put wane in whenever I can.  I saw and have a vertical edger.  We also have a horizontal edger to spruce up boards that need it.  I usually try for a 6" opening face, and will edge the board for 6".  If it has too much wane, it will either grade a 1 Com or they will re-edge it and still make a 1 Com.

We try to go to an end user whenever we can.  Usually, they don't want things edged as hard as some of the wholesalers.  They get a little more waste, which they use to fuel their kilns.  But, they feel they get better yield, and its a more responsible way to buy wood.

I don't chase low grade lumber.  Our alternative market is casket, but I can cut #2 and #3 red oak logs, and the lumber grade yield will be 50% F1F and btr.  2 Com will only be about 10-15%.  I do get more blocking, but the price is better than sawing into boards.
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2009, 09:16:19 PM »
Been a day or two since I had to grade all day Inspector Woody. I like the method of cubing the packages makes it much easier than than a bd tally
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