Tuesday, 15 March 2016 15:56

4 Common Hardwood Lumber Sorts

Over the years, hardwood lumber suppliers have done a good job of trying to help customers by sorting boards into common sized widths or lengths.  We have even been known to sort lumber based on color variation.  In our opinion, here are the top four hardwood lumber sorts we find to be the most requested.

Custom Grade LumberWidth sorted hardwood lumber – Width sorts are very popular with flooring manufacturers and window and door manufacturers.  Depending on the species and the application customers can specifically ask for width sorts ranging from 4” to 10” and wider. Sometimes width sorts are arranged in increments such as 5” to 5.5” or 6” to 7”.  Common width sorts vary greatly by species based on the way trees grow, are sawn and are harvested.   

Length sorted hardwood lumber – Length sorts are probably the second most commonly requested sort we see.  Moulding and millwork manufacturers regularly ask for long clear lengths of upper grade lumber.  Length sorts such as 8’-9’ or 11’-12’ or even 14-16’ are frequently requested.  Sometimes a manufacturer will specifically ask for a bundles of lumber at one specific length, (ie: 8’ only).  This can be accommodated but can take a longer time for a supplier to accumulate and prepare.

Color sorted hardwood lumber – Requests for color sorted lumber seem to come and go.  They are driven usually by style and fashion as well as the need to match different sets of inventory procured at different times.  Red oak, cherry and hard maple are species commonly ordered with a color requirement.  90/50 cherry, wheat colored red oak, or #1 & #2 white hard maple are common products provided by many hardwood lumber suppliers.

Premium grade sorts of hardwood lumber –In each hardwood lumber grade there is a range of acceptable characteristics allowed.  Sometimes customers need only a specific part of a hardwood lumber grading spectrum to make their product.  In instances such as this American Lumber has been successful developing premium grade sorts of hardwood lumber under our custom grade offerings.  Offerings such as Super Prime, Super Common or even Rustic grade hardwood lumber are available in many different species and can be accommodated upon request.

Sorted hardwood lumber usually comes at a price premium, however, by the time you factor in the reduced handling time your employees spend fighting the lumber through your machines or the reduced waste you produce in the manufacturing process it is many times well worth it.

If you have a specific sort of hardwood lumber you need contact us today.  Perhaps we can help!

American Lumber
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