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Re: Unsolicited suggestion--Stud Mills?

H Bruce McCrory
The simple answer is "construction" grade(s) is layman-speak for wood you cull from use in furniture or trim because it is meant for studs, beams, or railroad ties. Maybe, pallets, rather than ties, if the latter are treated. Good for practice joinery.

Even the culls can be an alternate grade, because they don't meet standards for higher quality. I bought E-grade Doug fir for furniture because my needs were shorter than the 6-feet or 4-feet clear of flaws the best trim wood required. It's still "old growth" but most looks and is pretty crappy. Significantly cheaper, also.

There still may be stud mills, as opposed to more dynamic mills processing the same species types. Studs fill your "construction" term, although there are numerous other dimensions and grades that apply to the term. Softwoods are far more simplistic than hardwoods when grading for use. I would seriously pause before considering these for practice. They are barely useable for the intended purpose.

I don't consider hardwoods to be "construction" simply because softwoods (conifers) dominate the forestry industry in this area. A few small jobbers cut Alder and Madrone for niche markets. By far, those species are sold to people using wood fireplaces, or cooking meat. The only hardwoods I see are in the finish lumber and furniture bins at stores, like HD and Lowes.

Bill Tindall has about the most background for milled woods and uses on the forum.

Well, too much blowhard...

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