Production and Grading of Sawn Lumber

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
  • Ernest C. Harris
Part of the VNR Structural Engineering Series book series (VNRSES)


Lumber production has grown from the old axe and two-person saw process to a sophisticated operation involving specialized machinery, such as multiple band saws or laser-beam cutters with digital control, and even optimization techniques to increase the yield of useful material from the log. To the engineer or wood scientist who wishes to specialize in it, wood production presents many interesting technical challenges. The structural designer, however, needs to know little about lumber production, except as it might affect either selection of material or the performance of that material in the completed structure.


Annual Ring Equilibrium Moisture Content Nominal Thickness Allowable Stress Wide Face 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
    • 1
  • Ernest C. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado at DenverDenverUSA

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