SPF wood tends to have a high strength-to-weight ratio with relatively small, sound tight knots. 187-196), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 10 – Re-Inspection Provisions – Paras. Western species SPF lumber comes from White spruce, Engelmann spruce, Lodgepole pine, and Alpine fir trees and tends to be available in larger sizes because of the general climate and the size of the logs. 36-42), SPS 1 – Fingerjoined Structural Lumber – current edition March 2017, SPS 2 – Machine Graded Lumber – current edition April 2019, SPS 3 – Fingerjoined “Vertical Stud Use Only” Lumber – current edition March 2017, SPS 4 – Fingerjoined Machine Graded Lumber – current edition January 2020, SPS 5 – Face-Glued Lumber – Vertical Use Only – current edition November 2015, SPS 6 – Structural Face-Glued Lumber – current edition November 2015. NLGA GR 2017 – Cover, Title Page, Preface & Section Index (pgs. No. Determine the surface measurement (SM). Dry Kiln Operator Course; Grading Course; Planer Operator Course; Quality Control Course ; Treated Wood Quality Control Course; eLearning. These files are protected by copyright. SPRUCE PINE FIR (SPF) LUMBER GRADING CLASSES: Spruce-Pine-Fir's strength, light weight, ease of handling and good working properties have made it a popular wood for framing applications in all types of construction. The NLGA Grade Rule is approved and enforced by the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation … In today’s blog, our Canadian Department discusses everything you need to know about Eastern and Western spruce-pine-fir (SPF) lumber. 200-211 (pgs. There are several types of checks and splits which are defined and handled in the grade rules for dimension lumber and timbers. 2 lumber is the most common grade for framing. All SPF J grade lumbers are, therefore, required to be manufactured to the standards of this national body. We are pleased to provide free PDF sections of the NLGA Standard Grading Rules For Canadian Lumber (2017 edition) for your personal reference. The grading of sawn wood into categories as it is processed helps to determine to a large extent the value and potential use possible for each board of sawn lumber.” Worldwide, hardwood lumber producers “grade” their lumber, assuring downstream consumers of the lumber of the lumber's quality for the intended use. We'll give you the tools to excel. UAnd: ☺ establish; ☺ maintain & publish Lumber design values for Canadian species for use in the USA which are recognized in the AF&PA NDS®. In the image below, the ends … 1-48 (pgs. 810-830 (pgs. Lumber of this grade contains few defects, but knots are allowed of any quality as long as they are well spaced and do not exceed the size regulations. 1 and No.2 are identical based upon the testing methodology used to derive 1991 design values. 243-248), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 14,15 – Profile Patterns & Metric Conversion (pgs. Western Lumber Grading Rules; published by the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA), ... NGR portion of WWPA rules for Douglas fir, larch, and SPF(S) 2. Some species must be processed according to special rules. 1-6), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 1 – General Provisions – Paras. SPF lumber tends to be used for single and multi-family home construction, commercial construction, crating and packaging, and furniture framing. Approved to provide heat treatment audit services under all rules. NLGA is approved by the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board (CLSAB) and American Lumber Standard Committee. The SPF lumber market is always changing, and AIFP works hard to shoulder that change and plan for the future. A very simplified, condensed overview of the steps for grading a piece of hardwood lumber is as follows: Determine the species. cability of lumber reference design values, grading rules published by individual agencies and referenced ASTM Standards should be consulted. 39-54), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 3b – EW & Red Pine Boards – Paras. 20-35), NLGA Interpretations & EU 2017 – Part 3 – EU Export Annex (pgs. ** Please note that, effective March 1, 2019, Supplements to the NLGA Standard Grading Rules have been posted on this website under Publications – Updates. 5-19), NLGA Interpretations & EU 2017 – Part 2 – NLGA Interpretations (pgs. It is the recognized body for writing grading rules about lumbers in Canada. Lumber Grading Rules & Special Product Standards for all Canadian species of lumber. MSR lumber is distinguished from visually stress graded lumber in that each piece is non-destructively tested. Not only does it take paint easily, but it also holds nails well and meets building code requirements for fire safety, strength, and sound transmission. Rather than buying months of inventory at a time, buyers seem to be managing their inventory much thinner and leaning on ‘just in time’ style deliveries. 1-4), NLGA Interpretations & EU 2017 – Part 1 – NGR Interpretations (pgs. Because of its strength-to-weight ratio and its competitive pricing, SPF lumber is often used in wood framing for furniture, houses, apartments, trusses, and commercial buildings. Canadian SPF lumber is graded according to the rules of the National Lumber Grades Authority. ** Please note that, effective March 1, 2019, Supplements to the NLGA Standard Grading Rules have been posted on this website under Publications – Updates. SPF lumber typically refers to dimensional lumber or engineered wood derived from coniferous trees in North America. 2017 Standard Grading Rules For Canadian Lumber. AIFP is continually growing. For over 50 years, American International Forest Products has been trading building materials like lumber, steel, and other industrial products for construction and manufacturing projects across the country. 25-38), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 3a – Boards – Paras. 65-82), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 5 – Decking, Machine Graded & Glued Lumber, Timbers – Paras. 7-24), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 2 – Upper Grades – Paras. 132-195 (pgs. 197-206), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 11 – Glossary – Paras. As a volume purchaser of lumber, we provide liquidity and market direction to both our suppliers and customers, and we do whatever we can to add greater value to our customer base. Lumber Grading Rules; Special Services; Certificate Services; Claim Inspection; Sawmill Surveys; Dry Kiln Surveys; Treated Wood. Eastern species SPF lumber comes from Black spruce, Red spruce, White spruce, Jack pine, and Balsam fir trees and tends to grow slower and produce wood with outstanding strength properties. 120-125 (pgs. SPF lumber is further divided into two categories: Eastern and Western species. 225-242), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 13 – Grading Agencies & Grade Stamps (pgs. All grades 2" or less in thickness sold as DRY (seasoned) shall be dried to 15% maximum moisture content, stock over 2". 100-109 (pgs. 111-168), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 7 – Western Red Cedar Products – Paras. All rights reserved. We recruit new traders year-round. © 2017 - 2020, AIFP. You may view, print and download these PDF files for your own use but may not copy, reprint, publish, distribute or sell them in any format, including electronic, without the written permission of National Lumber Grades Authority. Grading system: SPF Lumber is graded in the same way in all parts of Canada, according to the rules written by the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA). A spiral-bound book of the full NLGA Standard Grading Rules For Canadian Lumber may be purchased from NLGA through our publication sales section of the website. Third party grading agencies regularly inspect the products from all mills to make sure that they are on grade. 3. Up for the challenge? 207-224), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 12 – Characteristic Tables & Abbreviations – Paras. If you’re in the market for SPF lumber or other building materials for a construction or manufacturing project, AIFP has got you covered. 126-131 (pgs.-83-110), NLGA GR 2017 – Section 6 – Specialty Items – Paras. Dimension Lumber Base Values 2" to 4" Thick by 2" and Wider (Pounds per Square Inch) SPFs SPF SPFs and SPF Species Group Grade Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending Tension Parallel to Grain Horizontal Shear Modulus of Elasticity Compression. SPF Lumber Facts, Grades, Uses & Industry Insights. Canadian SPF lumber is graded according to the rules of the National Lumber Grades Authority. 400-413 (pgs. 112-115 (pgs.