It has been a pretty exciting January around here! We have had the pleasure of being featured in two publications; the 2021 Community Report for Peoples Bank and the Winter Issue of Premier Builder Magazine – Seattle/Puget Sound Edition.
We are extremely grateful for the support of these two organizations, as well as all our customers, vendors, colleagues, family and friends. When running a small business, every bit of help along the way helps!
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Day after day, we receive inquiries for the price of fence boards. Unlike traditional lumber yards and box home improvement stores, when a call like that is received at our shop, our staff provides a price for a Western Red Cedar fence board as well as the grade. In many cases, the person who is inquiring about the price does not have a clear understanding of what the grading means and may compare pricing of products from various sources that are not equal.
Imagine calling around to different restaurants and asking for the price of “cheeseburger”. While it is called the same thing at a fast-food restaurant, as well as at a nice family restaurant, the “cheeseburger” at each location will be of different quality, and the pricing would reflect that. You would not purchase a cheeseburger based solely on price while not taking into consideration the quality, so therefore, you should not select a fence board based strictly on price either.
While there is no regulation or standards for “cheeseburgers”, there are established standards for fence boards that have been developed by the National Lumber Grades Authority, as well as the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau. It is important to note that “fence grade” is below knotty or clear grades of Western Red Cedar and should not be compared to the quality or held at the same standard as lumber in those grades.
The West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau divides Western Red Cedar Fence Boards into three basic categories. Any grade may be rough or surfaced, Air Dried, Kiln Dried or “green”. Grade is determined by the best face.
No. 1 Fencing “Select”
Checks and Pinholes are not limited
Shakes are “Fine”
Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “short”
Knots are sound and tight
Spike Knots can be approximately 1/2 face width or equivalent
Tolerance of 1/16″ over or under in thickness, width may vary along the piece of 1/8″, but not to exceed 20% of the pieces
Quality “No Hole” Western Red Cedar Fencing
No. 2 Fencing “Quality”
Checks and Pinholes are not limited
Shakes are “fine”
Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “medium”
Wane can be 1/2 thickness as well as 1/3 width
There can be small spots or streaks of unsound wood
White speck not limited
There may be some knots that are not firmly fixed or are unsound but may not exceed 1/3 the width of the board
Spike Knots can be 3/4 of the face width
Maximum 1″ holes with 4 per foot allowed, unless “No Hole” is specified
Same tolerance of thickness and width as Select Fencing
This is a great example of our No. 2 Select “No Hole” Fencing, which is the standard fence board we supply unless otherwise specified. This particular fence is made from 3/4″ net thick material that the customer made a custom, decorative top cut to.
No. 3 Fencing “Rustic”
Lumber of this grade is suitable for low grade and permits all characteristics which do not interfere with the use of the piece
Thickness can be 3/16″ over or under invoiced thickness
Edge skips can not exceed 1/4″
Variation on width should not exceed 1/2″
We do not generally carry any No. 3 fencing or any fencing that allows for holes. On the off chance we have some, or order this product in for a particular order, we do not allow returns or exchanges on ANY No. 3 fencing, as the pricing reflects the quality of the material of the whole order.