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If you want to learn to grade dimension lumber, or if you just want to become more knowledgeable of the grading rules, the defects and characteristics of lumber, the terminology and theory of dimension lumber grading then this course is for you.
In the early 1990’s, new lumber design values were approved for all major softwood lumber species in North America. This testing program was known as the “In-Grade Testing Program” because each piece of lumber tested was required to be precisely of the grade being tested. The design values were based on tests of full-size pieces Continue reading..
With the arrival of grade scanners in many southern pine production lines, there is a growing need to be much more precise with the planer machine work to plane a defect-free piece of lumber. Machine defects that the naked eye will miss on the production line, the scanners easily pick up and if only a Continue reading..
There are different ways of determining the grade of dimension lumber. Historically, “visual” grading is performed where a person looks at all four sides of a piece of lumber and evaluates the characteristics present to determine which of several visual grades the piece belongs. This grader works on a grading chain and quickly evaluates each Continue reading..