Stuctural Grade rough cut softwood near vermont (new england)

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Forum topic by marcVT posted 08-21-2017 12:31 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2017 12:31 PM

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Hello All

I guess I should have listened to a response on building code on a previous post.
I am looking for rough cut softwood (Hemlock or pine if pine is my only choice)
Maybe spruce. The thing is I can get a mill run from local mills without structural approval on the lumber.

I would like rough cut structural.
Maybe there is no such thing in rough cut graded structural?

Trying to avoid framing 2×4 from HD or Lowes.
Thought I’d ask before I started calling yards.

Believe I need a #2 or #1 but this is normally finished 2×4 size which is a problem.
Excuse my ignorance on the subject.

Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 08-22-2017 11:54 AM

In the South, commercial lumber that is graded for structural use is always kiln dried dried to 19% and planed before grading.

To get rough cut structurally graded lumber, you would have to find a sawyer like myself to saw out the boards and then hire a licensed graded to inspect and grade stamp each piece. For pine in the South, that would be a Southern Pine Inspection Bureau licensed grader. Even then, I would check with the Building Inspector beforehand so that you do not get surprised.

Funny thing is, my lumber is much better quality than the graded wood at the Box stores, but I cannot use it because it does not have that little grade stamp on it. Doesn’t matter if my lumber is superior, it is all about that little stamp.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 08-22-2017 12:18 PM

Can OP explain why he wants this?

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#3 posted 08-22-2017 05:40 PM

I might be being over-cautious. The rough cut boards are for a car-port.
A nice exposed wood (quasi-post-beam design)
The rafters are a fabricated beam.
I thought to play it safe I’d get structural grade lumber.
I’ll check with the county/town on code.
I found a nice local mill for hemlock.
They will probably know the process to get an inspector to stamp the boards.
I suspect my 65 cents a BF is going to go up a bunch.
Thanks for the input.

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