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Hardwood Changes Could Affect Builders

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 9, 2017 2:49:21 PM

National Hardwood Lumber Association members will vote this fall on technical rules changes that could significantly affect the industry.

By National Hardwood Lumber Association

Proposed hardwood rules changes that could greatly impact the industry will be weighed at the upcoming National Hardwood Lumber Association’s annual convention and exhibit showcase Oct. 25-27 at the Omni Downtown in Nashville, Tn.

Of three proposals to be considered, the most impactful one would replace the No. 2A Common (clear face cuttings) and No. 2B Common (sound cuttings) categories with a single 2 Common grade, effectively eliminating 2B Common for all species currently listed in the Rules Book.


According to Dana Spessert, NHLA chief inspector. “The main difference in the 2A versus 2B common is that 2A is required to be 50% clear, and the 2B is only required to be 50% sound (structural integrity). The reason for this change was to prevent companies from sending 2B Common when the order stated 2 Common, and the customer expected 50% clear wood.”

Second, for aromatic red cedar NHLA members will vote on replacing “Variation in thickness may be 1/2” on 4/4” to 8/4” with “Standard Miscut Lumber Rule to apply.”

Spessert explained, “This rule is being changed to reflect the standard mis-cut rule that only allows for a 3/16” variation in 3/8 — 3/4, ¼” variation in 4/4 and 5/4, 3/8” in 6/4 and 7/4, ½” in 8/4 to 12/4 and 5/8” in 14/4 to 24/4 lumber thicknesses.”

Finally, members will consider removing for basswood “Note: dormant twig buds to be considered as burls,” because the Rules Book does not clearly define “dormant twig bud.”

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE (http://www.building-products.com/article/hardwood-industry-takes-up-rules-changes/).  

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