How to Style Your Front Porch

Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture and adding a well placed chair as seen in this picture

Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture, adding a fun little sign and a well placed chair, as seen in this picture

-by Kym Kelly

As we come and go in our busy daily lives, we often stop seeing our surroundings through other’s eyes.  A neglected front porch that accumulates miscellaneous odds and ends may not seem like a big deal, but to a new visitor or potential buyer it can be a real turn off.  Even on a budget, some small touches, such as a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint on the front door, can really boost a first impression.  And, with the addition of a few furnishings, your porch can add real value; creating a welcoming transitional space between the outdoors and indoors.

After a good freshening up, consider the size of your porch and your home’s architectural details.  You want to make sure people can easily access the steps and front door and not feel crowded with too much furniture or accessories.  You will also want to create a style that compliments the exterior of the home, as well as reflects the personality of the home’s interior.

For those lucky enough to have a big front porch, making it into additional useable living space can be a challenge.   For years, the porch at our house was left totally blank, other than a seasonal wreath on the door and a welcome mat.  I had this idea in my head that it needed to be accessorized with beautiful rocking chairs, wicker love seats and tables, fantastic carpets, lush ferns and gorgeous potted plants just like in the magazines.  I wanted it all, but wasn’t ready to pay the $2,000+ to create that style.

Finally, I began to look at items I already owned and scoured second hand stores to find items in my budget that would turn my porch from a boring entry to a bonus living area for our home.  Now, our front porch has become my favorite room and I look forward to freshening it up each season by changing the plants and other accessories.

how to style your front porch

Recently, a customer of ours in Florida sent us this picture to let us know how amazing the custom stained Western Red Cedar Shingles we provided look on her home (p.s. we love customer photos!).  I adore the sweet style she created on her porch with the vintage day bed and loads of pillows.  She lives close to the ocean, so the simple addition of some “beachy” accessories completes this outdoor space perfectly.

Note how the color palette of accessories complements the shingles, which we custom coated with a semi-transparent stain called Water Lily.  So inviting!

styled front porch with western red cedar shingle siding

So, when you go home tonight, take a good, hard look at your entry and begin to think of items you already own that you might be able to add to bring a little personality and style to your front porch. Scour garage sales or thrift stores for a fun piece of furniture and maybe add a fresh coat of paint to the piece to bring additional color to your porch. Next, add some softness with pillows, candles (I buy the inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store), seasonal flowers and accessories.  A well styled porch welcomes you home every day.


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Western Red Cedar – The Environmentally Sound Choice!


As consumers are becoming more and more aware of their environmental footprint, their decision making process in building materials is changing.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to determine a particular product’s total environmental impact.

While many building products tout that they are made from recycled materials or are “green” in some way, there are many things to consider when selecting a product.  One must consider the energy used to manufacture it, the emissions that are created during the manufacturing process, as well as how the product will be disposed when its life cycle is complete.

High on the scale of “green” building products available, Western Red Cedar is one of the most versatile. It is used in a wide variety of residential and commercial building projects both inside and out.  Western Red Cedar is available in stress grades for construction, as well as finishing grades in wide variety of lengths, widths, thicknesses and textures.  It has high insulation values, looks amazing and is harvested from the world’s most sustainably managed forests.  And, when its life cycle is complete, it can be recycled and is 100% biodegradable.

In a 2007 study conducted by Forintek, Canada’s leading forest products research organization, Western Red Cedar decking and siding out performed man-made materials, used less energy overall and had a lower impact on the environment including global warming potential, acidification potential, ozone depletion and human particulate (respiratory) effects.  The only criteria in which it was not a leader, was on cedar siding.  But, that finding can be traced directly back to the use of paint on the siding, not the natural characteristics of Western Red Cedar itself.  Therefore, the consumer would have the ability to improve this rating positively by the choice they make in their paint or stain.

In North America, there are many examples of historic buildings that Western Red Cedar has performed beautifully for hundreds of years and there are also many new buildings that have used reclaimed Western Red Cedar from old buildings. Additionally, when Western Red Cedar trees are harvested, those trees are  promptly replanted.  For every three trees harvested, eight are planted in British Columbia.  While other products increase greenhouse gases, these new cedar trees actually improve the environment; more trees mean more oxygen.

So, when selecting building materials to use in your next project, be sure to choose Western Red Cedar.

western red cedar siding is a good choice for the environment

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For more information on Western Red Cedar’s sustainability and life cycle assessment studies, please visit:

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

Environmental Building News

Canadian Wood Council

U.S. Green Building Council

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Customer Review: Blackwood Brothers Construction

We received a very nice e-mail over the weekend from our new customer, Tom at Blackwood Brother’s Construction.  We sincerely appreciate the time he took to give us important feed back!

Hi Tom,

Just a couple of things regarding our recent load of shingles and boards.


  1. Your driver Chad has been a good ambassador for Cedar Creek and has very willingly led the unloading.  Thanks!



  1. We aren’t the only ones in town that think your shingles are sweet, and they are.

sweet western red shingles


Nice working with you,


Tom Blackwood

Blackwood Brothers Construction

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Decorative Connectors, Screws and Bolts

Looking for heavy duty connectors, screws and bolts for your outdoor project?  Whether it be fastening together garden beds, creating a custom landscape structure or constructing a custom timber entry way, we’ve got a great line of products produced by Ozco Building Products that is sure help!

Timber Bolts & Screws

ozco timber screwsOZCO’s OWT (Ornamental Wood Ties™) Timber Screws are pre-engineered to make building faster and easier. These heavy duty fasteners come in a wide range of sizes, from 1-¾” all the way to a full 12”, perfect for any wood-to-wood project, no matter the size.

There’s no pre-drilling required for these Timber Screws!  The coating ensures that the screw will penetrate the wood with ease without splitting the wood and are approved for use with ACQ treated lumber. OWT Timber Screws feature a built in washer and a hex head of 3/8”. OWT Timber Screws are far from ordinary, and are truly a building breakthrough.

Timber Bolts

Self adjusting up to 2”, OWT Timber Bolts give you the strength you need combined with the style you want.  A perfect complement to arbors, trellises, pergolas and other outdoor structures.  OWT Timber bolts are available in four different sizes 4 to 6”, 6 to 8”, 8 to 10” and 10” to 12” all with a rugged, stylish black hex head.

adjustable timber bolts


Decorative Structural Wood Connectors

Ornamental Wood Ties™ (OWT) are the ultimate statement ofstyle combined with strength.  These sturdy connectors produce strong connections while enhancing the appeal of your project.  Suitable for contact with ACQ Treated Lumber, with a wide variety of products including post bases, ornamental anchors, rail saddles, post to beam connectors, truss accents and connectors, rafter clips and joist hangers.  Each piece is made from powder coated hot dipped galvanized steel for optimum corrosion resistance.

black powder coated truss connector

For an online catalog of products offered, please visit Ozco HERE or stop by our office to view items and/or pick up a catalog.

Please note, 
some products may be a special order 
and require additional lead time.  Sorry, we are 
unable to take returns 
on special order items.

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WindsorONE Trim Boards, Specialty Boards & Moldings

Manufactured in the USA and distributed by Cedar Creek, WindsorONE trim boards, specialty boards and moldings are durable enough for outdoor use, as well as safe for interior use.  WindsorONE boards are made of real wood, finger jointed and coated with three coats of acrylic latex primer.  With sharp crisp edges on all profiles; WindsorONE provides clean strong lines that make your projects stand out.

Builders use WindsorONE because every stick of WindsorONE is smooth, straight and comes primed and ready to install. Focusing on detail and craftsmanship is what has made WindsorONE a leader in the interior/exterior trim market since 1972.  All products are made from wood that has been sustainably harvested with no added formaldehyde, which means no harmful odors.

There are a wide range of WindsorONE products available including S1S2E and S4S Trim Boards, Tounge and Groove boards, Beaded Ceiling Boards, Beaded Casing & Shiplap, as well as a variety of Classic Colonial, Greek Revival, Craftsman and Colonial Revival historically accurate moldings, wainscot caps and panel molding.  For a complete brochure, please click HERE

windsor one profiles


When installing, all cuts should be primed and clearances should be 6” above grade, 2” above the roof and ¼” above flashing.  All warranties are based on proper installation.  For full installation instructions. as well as warranty information, please visit WindsorONE  HERE


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Fire Treating to Western Red Cedar and Doug Fir

To help with your piece of mind, we are happy to offer custom fire treating to our Western Red Cedar or Douglas Fir products through our partner, CHEMCO.  CHEMCO was one of the early pioneers in fire retardant technologies, and became the only producer of fire resistant wood roofing allowed for sale in California.  CHEMCO uses Thermex-FR, a safe and environmentally friendly formula that renders wood resistant to fire.

Products treated using CHEMCO’s proprietary fire retardant system have passed strict fire and weathering tests and comply with all building codes, however, we recommend checking with your building department to ensure compliance with your local regulations. The effectiveness of this fire retardant is proven by independent laboratory and quality-control testing and verified by real-world stories in which it was subjected to both structural and wild fire scenarios.

The process of fire retarding is done by using a vacuum-pressure impregnation to remove moisture and air from the wood cells and replace it with Thermex-FR. Next, the wood is cured in a kiln to lock the fire retardant into the cells. This process significantly increases fire protection for residential and commercial buildings without sacrificing the natural beauty of the wood.

To sustain fire, you need three main ingredients ~ Fuel, Heat and Oxygen. THERMEX-FR suppresses all three elements 

1) Fuel: An intumescing foam is produced protecting the surface of the wood.

2) Heat: Intumescing foam insulates the wood, absorbing heat endothermically. Surface temperature drops below what is required for combustion.

3) Oxygen: A non-combustible gas is generated to dilute the amount of oxygen in the air around the flame.

fire treating example


Q: What is the difference between “fire resistant” and “fireproof”?

A: All materials are vulnerable to fire damage, so the term “fireproof” is technically incorrect for any product. Nevertheless, engineers and fire technicians have developed tests to provide a comparison of the fire resistant properties of different materials. Products treated with Thermex-FR have proven themselves consistently on all such tests.

Q: What makes wood treatment last?

A: The patented fire resistant formula bonds to the interior structure of the wood during a vacuum-impregnated treatment process. The result is fire protection that lasts for the useful life of the wood product itself.

Q: Are fire resistant products hazardous to the environment?

A: No. Fire treated wood products are composed of all natural elements, and they are not toxic to the environment.

Q: Will my fire retardant treated wood products have to be re-treated?

A: No. Fire retardant products never need to be re-treated. The unique formula that is used during processing at the facility is thermally cured in dry kilns. Upon reaching the right temperature, the treatment is bonded to the wood and thereafter is no longer water-soluble.

Q: What are the typical applications for fire retardant treated lumber and plywood products?

A: Lumber and plywood that have been treated with fire retardant are intended for above-ground exterior use.  These include exterior decks and balconies, stairways, covered walkway siding, molding and trim, soffit and facia, open-air roof systems, stables, scaffolding, and construction staging.

Q: What wood species and sizes are available to have pressure-treated?

A: Douglas Fir, Southern Yellow Pine, and Western Red Cedar. All common sizes and most construction species of lumber and plywood can be treated by Thermex-FR including Shingles and Shakes, Exterior Siding, Soffit, Fascia, Decking and Interior Paneling and Trim.

Q: Does it meet building codes?

A: Yes. These products meet the performance requirements of the local building codes, however we suggest checking with your local agency to ensure compliance.

Q: Is there any reduction in strength compared to untreated wood?

A: Yes. The treating and drying processes causes a slight reduction in strength that varies according to treatment, wood species, specific properties, and applications.

Q: Can these fire retardant products be used in ground contact?

A: Fire retardant treated Western Red Cedar and/or Douglas Fir is intended for exterior, above ground uses.

Q: Is it okay to cut wood that has been treated with fire retardant?

A: Yes. Cutting lengths, drilling holes, and sanding lightly are all permissible. It is not necessary to field-treat cut ends in order to maintain the flame spread rating.

Q: What types of fasteners should be used with fire treated products?

A: Hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel hardware is recommended, as the FRX wood treatment could increase the corrosion of bare steel.

Q: Why should I put fire resistant shakes on my roof when I live in a relatively wet climate?

A: No matter where you live, there always exists the danger of an errant firework or a flying ember from the burn pile of a neighboring home. When it comes to protecting your home, there is no such thing as playing too safe.

Care & Maintenance

Fire-retardant lumber and plywood can be coated with a paint or stain, but caution should be taken in choosing the right manufacturer. Not all products adhere to the unique finish and the flammability of the finish should be considered. Shakes and shingles that have been treated with fire retardants should not have any additional coatings applied.

For warranty and other important information, including MSDS Sheets, please visit the Chemco website by clicking HERE


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Custom Powder Coated Aluminum Railing Systems

custom aluminum railingPerfect for residential and commercial applications, Western ClearView powder coated aluminum railings are built to withstand harsh environmental conditions and are designed for modern living at an affordable price.  With dozens of combinations of glass, picket and stainless steel cable in a variety of colors to choose from, the right look for your project is just a quote away.

To help ensure you have exactly all the components you need at all the right lengths and angles, a ClearView representative can field measure your project before your railing is quoted for FREE (limited to location of the project).   All railing systems are available with either surface or facia mount posts and installation hardware and are backed with a 10 year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Each color is powder coated onto the aluminum using and ionic bond process, making it much more durable and long lasting than conventional painted rails. For the Powder Coat Warranty to remain intact, the railing system is to be washed and rinsed with fresh water at least two times per year.

Powder Coated Aluminum Railing Color Options

Available in a wide variety of colors, our powder coated railing systems will complement most any architectural style or color pallet


Picket Railing System

The most conventional railing, this system is sturdy and dependable with clean and elegant lines.  Available with standard 1-5/8” Square Pickets, 1-1/2” Slat Pickets or Basket Pickets which contain a 2” bow in the middle of the picket.


white powder coated aluminum railing system

Welded Picket System

The easiest and quickest to install, the welded panels provide more strength than component pickets.  It is also the most economic aluminum powder coated rail system we offer. The welded picket panels can span up to 8 feet between posts (for a 36” tall system) saving even more time and money by not having to buy or install as many posts.


Glass Railing System

The most popular railing, this system provides sturdy construction with a completely unobstructed view of your surroundings.  The top and bottom channels can also accept pickets if a mix of the two styles is desired.  The glass can be clear, tinted or obscured and can be custom cut for stairs or other custom applications.


Custom Powder Coated Railing with Glass Panels

Self Cleaning Glass

KDL Enterprises can provide a “Green” environmentally safe coating for any of our products that VIRTUALLY ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR CLEANING!  This revolutionary technology only requires Sunlight and Water (rain) to activate its process of destroying and washing away organic materials from the surface.

  • Glazing stays cleaner longer. For touchup cleaning use only vinegar and water
  • TIO2 Nano-Technology accelerates the continuous photo-catalytic breakdown of any
    organic compounds.
  • The resulting Hydrophilic action causes water to sheet on the surface and rinse away the decomposed dirt from the surface more efficiently.
  • Glass surface dries more quickly with minimal spotting and streaking.
  • No unsightly tint or reflective surface.
  • Reduces dew formation and collection on the glass surface.
  • Reduces UV transmittance
  • Factory applied to new Western ClearView railing glass
  • FDA and EPA approved.
  • Safe for humans and pets.
  • Continues to work for 5-8 years



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Western Red Cedar Shakes ~ Grades and Definitions

western red cedar cantsUsed for many centuries in the Pacific Northwest due to the abundance of material, Western Red Cedar Shakes were a natural building material choice.

Standing the test of time with decades of proven protection, rot and decay resistance, as well as natural beauty, Western Red Cedar Shakes are popular choice for today’s constructions projects all over the world, including those built using Green Building techniques.


Building products made from natural wood have been proven to provide the highest insulation value (thus saving the consumer money on electricity), use less energy to produce and are from totally renewable resources.  In addition, when the life cycle is complete, products made from wood can be easily and safely disposed of.  Read More HERE

Shakes are made from splitting blocks, rather than sawing, and are used on roofs as well as sidewalls.  At Cedar Creek Lumber, we offer two main types Western Red Cedar Shakes in either 18” or 24” lengths from mills that meet Certi-Label quality control standards

  • Handsplit & Resawn
  • Tapersawn

Handsplit & Resawn Western Red Cedar Shakes have a split face with a sawn back and are available in ½” (“mediums”) or ¾” (“heavy”) thickness with a naturally rustic appearance.

Tapersawn Western Red Cedar Shakes are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look, though not as precise as what is commonly found on shingles.  Tapersawn shakes are thicker than common shingles, which produces a thicker shadow line.  Available in 5/8”, 3/4” and 7/8” thicknesses.


Western Red Cedar Medium Shakes


Our Western Red Cedar Shakes are available with pressure impregnated fire retardant or preservative treatment, hip and ridgecap, as well as custom cuts and finishes if desired.

For information on proper installation, please click HERE.  For care and maintenance information for your Western Red Cedar Shakes and Shingles, please click HERE


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Shingle Grades and Definitions

harvesting western red cedar blocks

In North America shakes are typically made from California redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), and in some cases, Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cupressus nootkatensis), while in Scandinavia and Central Europe they are more commonly made from Pine (Pinus sylvestris).  Shingles are made from blocks that have been edge cut using a circular saw, where as Shakes are split.  Shingles can be used on roofs as well as sidewalls.

Shingles are manufactured by clamping blocks of wood into a carriage that slides back and forth across a blade, tilting and moving the block closer to the blade with each pass to automatically form a tapered cut of the correct thickness, thin on one end and thicker on the other.  Next, to remove irregular edges and to create a tailored appearance, the shingles, are finished with a trim saw.  The thickness at the “butt”, or thicker end of the Shingle is generally about 3/8”, but does vary.  The final correct thickness for Shingles is based used a stack of Shingles, rather than a single piece.

We offer a wide selection of Shingles made from Western Red Cedar,  as well as Alaskan Yellow Cedar, that will help you achieve the look you desire in a wide range of price points; from custom cut, dried and colored Shingles to utility grade Shingles that are much easier on the pocketbook.

In today’s market place, Western Red and Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles are available in 3 common lengths

  • 16” ~ Also known as “Fivex”
  • 18” ~ Also known as “Perfection”
  • 24” ~ Also known as “Royals”

After the Shingles are cut, when using the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau’s Certi-label grading system, they are graded into three main categories

  • Number 1
  • Number 2
  • Number 3

Number 1 ~ the highest grade of shingles are 100% heartwood, 100% clear and 100% edge grain.  Western Red Cedar Shingles in this grade are sometimes referred to as “Blue Label”, which is a Registered Certi-label trademark.  These are available in 16”, 18” and 24” lengths in either Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Our number 1 Shingles are available with a pressure impregnated fire retardant or preservative treatment.

Number 2 ~ a perfectly acceptable grade for many applications.  Some flat grain and limited sapwood are permitted, however there is not less than 10” clear on 16” shingles, 11” on 18’ shingles and 16” on 24” shingles.  Western Red Cedar Shingles within this grade are sometimes referred to as “Red Label”.

Number 3 ~ a utility grade for economy applications; commonly used on sheds and utilitarian buildings or for starter courses for higher grades.  Within this grade, there is not less than 6” clear on 16” and 18” shingles, 10” clear on 24” shingles.  This grade of Western Red Cedar Shingles are sometimes referred to as “Black Label” due to the grading system put into place by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau.


Sidewall Shingles

Rebutted & Rejoined Shingles ~ Shingles that are a sawn and remanufactured on all four sides to ensure square butts and parallel edges for superior appearance on sidewall applications.  Rebutted and Rejoined Shingles are available in Number 1 and Number 2 grades and are available in all three lengths (16”, 18” and 24”).  These Shingles are commonly referred to as “R&R’s” and are predominately provided Kiln Dried.

western red cedar shingles


If desired, Western Red Cedar R&R Shingles can be provided with a sanded or machine grooved face, as well as pre-primed or pre-stained.  To find out more about what we offer in “off the shelf” colors and custom pre-primed and pre-stained Sidewall Shingles, please click HERE

custom stained western red cedar sidewall shingles


Fancy Cuts ~ manufactured from #1 Western Red Cedar Shingles into a variety of shapes that are 3” & 5” widths cut from 18” & 24” lengths; offered in 8 different patterns, with an endless variety of custom cuts and finishes available.  These Shingles add unique charm and character to gable ends, balconies, fences, entry ways, interior and exterior walls.  To find out more, please click HERE

fancy cut western red cedar shingles manufactured by Teal Cedar


For installation information, as well as care and maintenance recommendations, please visit the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau resource guide HERE


western red cedar shingle

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Douglas Fir Lumber

Douglas Fir is North America’s most plentiful softwood species, but is technically not a true fir, pine or spruce.  It grows very plentiful in the Pacific Northwest coast forests, which is governed by some of the world’s toughest environmental laws that provide protection for watersheds, soil and natural habitats.  Reforestation by systematic replanting has been on record in these forests since 1912.

Douglas Fir is unique among all softwood species in that it is naturally dimensionally stable, having the ability to season well in position. When initially milled, it is a creamy yellow that darkens and reddens over time when exposed to light.

It has remarkably straight grain and has become the favorite choice for timber framing and exposed beam building due to the wide availability of large timbers.  It’s lovely color and ability to machine into exceptionally smooth pieces, make it a popular choice for interior and exterior trim, flooring, interior paneling, as well as siding.  It also can hold all types of stains and finishes, including paint.

Photo and Craftsmanship by Soundecks of Anacortes, WA

Photo and Craftsmanship by Soundecks of Anacortes, WA


TimbersSelected for visual appearance, as well as structural strength, we can provide Doug Fir timbers in most any size or grade, Select Appearance being the most common.  Our Doug Fir timbers are also available “free of heart”, which means that the bull’s eye heart wood found in the center of most beams is absent.  Free of heart timbers are more stable and are less prone to checking than timbers with heart wood.

If desired, your Doug Fir timbers can be provided kiln dried or surfaced on all four sides.


We provided the custom cut Doug Fir Timbers for this stunning entrance

We provided the custom cut Doug Fir Timbers for this stunning entrance


Interior and Exterior Trim, and Other MaterialsBecause both appearance and dimensional stability are important, Doug Fir ‘s characteristics make it an excellent choice for interior and exterior trim, interior paneling, door casings, mantels, flooring and other products.  When dried, it does not check or show a raised grain.

Notice in this photo the coloring of the aged Doug Fir interior paneling verses the newly installed Doug Fir flooring

Notice in this photo the coloring of the aged Doug Fir interior paneling verses the newly installed Doug Fir flooring


As defined by the Western Wood Products Association:  Lumber grades of Douglas Fir are assigned on the basis of visual inspection and/or mechanical testing and are divided into three basic classifications which reflect the intended end uses:

Structural lumber for residential, commercial and industrial uses is graded for its performance in load bearing or load-carrying applications. Physical working characteristics are the primary considerations and appearance is secondary. These products are typically grade stamped with the following information:

  • Registered trademark or logo of WWPA;
  • Mill name or mill number identifying the origin of the product;
  • Moisture content designation at the time of surfacing;
  • Species or species combination; and
  • Grade name
A great example of our Free of Heart Center, Custom Cut Douglas Fir Timbers.  These were also Kiln Dried and Surfaced (S4S) for the customer's project.

A great example of our Free of Heart Center, Custom Cut Douglas Fir Timbers. These were also Kiln Dried and Surfaced (S4S) for the customer’s project.

Appearance grades are assigned to lumber intended for applications where appearance is the most important factor. These grades cover products ranging from the exquisitely beautiful to the most utilitarian. They may be sold as SELECTS, FINISH or COMMON boards, run-to-pattern for siding and paneling products, or used for a variety of purposes. The grades of appearance products are often certified by written documentation rather than marked on the lumber. Some products may be identified or grade stamped on the back side or ends, but the highest grades are rarely stamped to avoid marring the beauty of the wood.

Unlike the structural grades, appearance lumber is milled and graded according to aesthetic rather than structural performance criteria. Color, grain pattern, texture, knot type and size are the factors that influence the grade.

Factory and Shop grades are assigned to lumber intended to be recut, to recover the clear portions in the piece for manufacturing into other wood products such as windows, doors and cabinets, and for moulding, trim and specialty products.

While there are special categories within each of these broad classifications, nearly all lumber grades fall within them. Douglas Fir products are available in all three classifications and many Douglas Fir products are available in special grades and sizes for international markets.

Moisture content levels are carefully controlled in the highest grades to ensure these premium products will meet the strict dimensional stability requirements of finish carpenters, furniture manufacturers and cabinet makers. The less “perfect” grades are an economical choice for many utilitarian applications.

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