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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:34 PM

Yes you can buy white maple 12” and wider (We have a package in the warehouse right now of number 1 white hard maple 10” and wider, being number 1 white it is white all 4 sides with only a very small amount of brown in the center of the backside allowed. This is not a case of how the trees go but one of the lumber grading/sorting aspect. Saw log grade maples especially the 4sc and veneer tend to have a heart the size of a golf ball. The bigger the log with the smaller the heart the more white that will be sawn which in turns means better money for the mill. On a log with a very tight pith/heart as previously described, the mill will send the cant on the resaw run around until nothing is left. On a lower grade saw log such as a 2sc or just 8’ saw bolts, the heart may be bigger/more brown, and the pith may wander more through the log yielding less of the desired white material and more lower grade and brown colored material from closer to the heart. In most cases in the mill the resaw will run around the cant until it reaches a determined sizes of usually 4×6 (pallet cant) or a 7×9 cross tie if all the faces have been sawn down to there last marketable value of grade lumber.

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