Hardwood Lumber Grades

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Hardwood lumber is graded using a different classification system than softwoods. Grades are based on the percentage of clear face cuts that can be made around a board's defects (knots, splits, pitch pockets, and so forth. From highest grade (clearest) to lowest (most allowable detects], the grades are:

Grade Percentage of clear cuts

Select

No. 1 Common No. 2A & 2B Common No. 3A Common No. SB Common

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Choose the lumber grade that best suits the needs of your project parts and your budget It could be that a Common grade will provide all the knot-free lumber you need at a significant savings over FAS.

Large retail lumher outlets and home centers make shopping for lumber easy. Most of the lumber you'll find is fully surfaced and ready for building. Soma larger home centers even stock lumber inside where it's kept warm and dry. The downside to all of this convenience is that species options are limited, especially for hardwoods.

Large retail lumher outlets and home centers make shopping for lumber easy. Most of the lumber you'll find is fully surfaced and ready for building. Soma larger home centers even stock lumber inside where it's kept warm and dry. The downside to all of this convenience is that species options are limited, especially for hardwoods.

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