Have you ever wondered what ‘ABCD’ has to do with plywood grades? It truly is pretty simple. However, unless someone has taken the time to clearly explain it to you, it can be confusing.
Start by thinking of it like your children’s report card. We all like to see A’s!
The grades represent the veneer appearance before any repairs are made. Following are the grades of veneers. The first letter of the grade represents the face, which is your usable or best side of the panel.
A – Best grade and most expensive. This grade is used when you need a smooth, paintable surface. Not more than 18 neatly made repairs.
B – Solid surface. Repairs allowed and tight knots up to 1 inch across grain and some minor splits are allowed.
C – Tight knots to 1-1/2 inches, repairs allowed. Discoloration and sanding defects are allowed as long as it does not impair the strength.
D –Cheapest…Knots and knotholes up to 2-1/2 inches width across grain and ½ inch larger within specified limits.
Selecting the right grade of lumber helps you determine the overall cost of a project.
Are you considering the amount of waste, labor and time costs associated with each grade of lumber
you work with?
We can help you understand the difference and outcome of using each type of grade in your unique business. We don’t want to tell you we are a value-added supplier, we want to prove it.