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Retraining Your Lumber Graders in a New Environment

Date Published 05/11/2015

Keeping a competitive edge means training and retraining your lumber graders. You may want to consider a little different approach when new methods or equipment like grade scanners are introduced that requires new skills and/or when employees that were previously trained in a different situation are lost. Fully automated grading machines are fast becoming the Continue reading..

Shakes, Checks and Splits in Dimension Lumber

Date Published 04/15/2015

What is the difference between a shake, a check and a split? They are similar in that they all are separations lengthwise in the grain of the wood; however, each has a different origin and a different effect on the grade of dimension lumber. First, let’s look at the definition of each. Shakes Shakes are Continue reading..

Learning to Grade Softwood Dimension Lumber

Date Published 04/08/2015

What is Dimension Lumber? We have all seen buildings being framed with lumber. Do you know what type and grades of lumber are used in this framing process? Sometimes referred to as “dimensional lumber” or “framing lumber”, this wood is the mainstay of the housing industry in the US and Canada. Dimension lumber, as this Continue reading..