Are Random Width and Length Bundles Best

For those operating in the hardwood lumber industry, we are all familiar with the fact that the standard way to package lumber is in random width and length bundles. That is no surprise. However, it does not always have to be that way.

Almost all hardwood sawmills provide some type of special sorted bundles.  Length sorts, width sorts, color sorts, and even unique sorts by certain board characteristics are available in the marketplace. Why? Because the general thinking is that when ordering your hardwood lumber sorted you get more of the boards you can use in your production process and you eliminate undo waste or create less unusable parts that pile up in inventory.randomwidthandlengthbundlesbest

We have also seen an increase in demand for ripped to width hardwood lumber products in recent years. These type of lumber products also improved lumber yields and reduces waste in the proper situation. We find that manufacturers that develop large quantities of standard parts or need consistent wood blanks to manufacture their products prefer regular, consistent moulder-ready blanks so they can reduce operator handling time and create more consistent production practices helping them increase lumber yields.

But special hardwood lumbers sorts, or hardwood rips, are not for everyone. Some manufacturers of customer designed products prefer to flip through a bundle of pure random widths and lengths and find the optimal board for the cuts they have to make. Hardwood distributors also like the variety of random lumber sorts to help keep their inventories better balanced.

So, what type of users like their hardwood sorted or random?  In our opinion we think it is hard to say. It is not a one size fits all. We believe it is hard to generalize a specific answer because so many processes and individual craftsmen approach their work differently.  But we do see scenarios where companies that use hardwoods for custom furniture and cabinetry, where standard sizes do not normally exist and every project is slightly different, find it advantageous to work from varied widths and lengths.  This way they can have a high degree of flexibility from their lumber.

At American Lumber, we are fortunate to be able to design a customer specific lumber solutions that include any of those type of hardwood lumber products.  We will work with our customers to determine what is best for their situation. So, whether it is shipments of random hardwood lumber, special sorts or exact ripped to width hardwood products, let us know how we can help. We would be happy to design a solution that works best for you. Contact us today!

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