The Woodworker's Dilemma
Striving to meet your needs!
for a woodworking project involves some sort of material list
including a cutting list which sets forth the dimensions and quality of
the lumber pieces needed to complete the project. The woodworker
needs lumber to satisfy the requirements of the cutting list.
The problem is that lumber is sold based upon what it is - not
Do you need
The highest Walnut Lumber Grade of FAS does not assure that!
You get to buy multiple boards till you happen to get one that meets your
needs. How Many???
Do you need Clear
Heartwood on both faces?
The highest Walnut Lumber Grade of FAS covers that but Select
& Better or lower does not! Now try to find a source for
Walnut FAS! How many boards will you need to buy???
(P.S. if you know of an online source for Walnut FAS please email us - we
can't find any.)
Your supplier did
everything they could to meet your needs. That's what we strive to
do! That's what makes us different!
So What's the Solution....
Lumber - get exactly what you need! Custom Dimensioned Lumber
But it's expensive...
Yes - If you
have a use for waste lumber (see below). Or, don't mind paying for
(lumber and shipping) and storing for later use the excess lumber you
bought to satisfy cutting list requirements. Or, have minimal
requirements such as small or low quality cuttings. If that's the
case our lumber boards are right for you.
If any or all of the above
is a concern we offer alternatives to the conventional purchase of lumber by the
board. Our Walnut Lumber Cuttings and Custom Dimension offerings give you
- the woodworker - more flexibility to control quality and cost than just about
anyone else on the www. It's not economical for everyone or every
situation but it's available.
- the removal of defects from lumber boards - adds cost to every
woodworker's project. By NHLA grading rules our About #1 Common grade
implies 33% waste (66 -2/3% Yield). That means that 33% of the lumber
and its shipping costs ends up on your shop floor. But that's only the
beginning! Waste factors increase with each project requirement for:
clear face cuttings, cutting length, and clear heartwood - no sapwood - on the better face or both
faces, etc.. It's very possible that 10 bf of your 20 bf lumber order
could end up on the shop floor.
A solution is to remove the
defects from the boards and ship only the remaining cuttings. This
adds a waste factor and the cost of labor to the cost of the lumber but
saves on lumber waste and shipping costs. This won't be an economical solution for
everyone. The higher your lumber quality requirement or UPS Zone,
the greater your potential savings.
Some online suppliers who sell Select
& Better (S&B) Walnut Lumber disparage the value of #1
Common. They tout S&B's higher yield of 83 -1/3% as being a
better value. But, is that true? The minimum clear face cutting size
is the same 144 square inches. S&B requires a longer minimum
cutting of 36" vs. 24" for #1C - but Selects admit sapwood in
the cutting while #1C does not. The math on yields is: #1C
sold @ $3.00/bf = $4.50/usable bf. One supplier who was really
beating up #1C was selling 10 bf bundles of S&B @ $5.35/bf =
$6.42 / usable bf. Some Value! A more reasonable $4.75/bf for S&B
= $5.70 / usable bf.
From an NHLA Guide...
grading rules are based on the yield of clear wood, many of the beautiful,
natural characteristics which appear in a board are not included in the
calculation of the yield. Often, the natural beauty and real
bargains are not found in the most expensive grade of lumber. The
keen buyer who will examine the #1 and #2A grades can discover that they
may "yield" the prize pieces. .... The lower grades
of #1 and #2 of Walnut lumber tend to be generously figured with numerous
knots, tight burls, and wavy grain which enhances the beauty of the wood,
setting Walnut apart form all other hardwoods.