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  The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run: Optimizing the Log Mix Can Achieve Higher Profitability with Lower Over-Run - The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run: Research indicates that measuring the actual yield of the processed logs against an established mill standard yield by log and lumber grade is a better measure for mill efficiency.   (8/1/2010)

  PART II Finishing the Quality Circle: Quality Control Strategies for Lumber and Wooden Pallet Companies - Dr. Charles Ray expands on the initial quality control strategies outlined in the December 2009 issue. His comments may change the way you look at quality in your operation.   (2/1/2010)

  Part I: Quality Control Strategies for Lumber and Wooden Pallet Companies - Dr. Charles Ray outlines strategies to improve quality in lumber and pallet operations. His comments may change the way you look at quality in your operation.   (12/1/2009)

  Virginia Tech Column: Researchers Propose Single Grade Rule For Evaluating Hardwood Pallet Cants - This study, as well as the others, supports the justification that cant quality can and should be assessed in order to predict pallet part yields and to better control raw material costs.  (10/1/2008)

  Hardwood Group Offers Training,Tips for Bucking Logs for Grade - Bucking Hardwood Logs: The Hardwood Value Improvement Project provides suggestions for bucking hardwood logs, including how to ‘look for the best log’ that can be cut from the stem.  (9/1/2007)

  Sawmill and Treating Insights: Sawing for Grade Increases Value - There are many different ways to produce value when sawing. The method used should be based on the raw material you are sawing and the market for which you are sawing.  (9/1/2007)

  What’s In a Board Foot? - Board Footage: Measuring board footage, being more complicated than it might appear, has caused some confusion in our industry. Dr. Brindley analyzes the factors involved and how to interpret them.  (12/1/2006)

  Effect of Southern Pine Dimension Lumber Grade: Lumber Grade Impacts the Flexural Strength and Stiffness of Pallet Lumber - Southern Yellow Pine: Virginia Tech recently completed a study dealing with lumber made of Southern Yellow Pine. The primary result is that processing higher lumber grades into pallet stock yields stronger material than cutting lower grade material and then grading the cut stock to a minimum quality standard.  (10/1/2006)

  Saw Lines Edging, Trimming, Grading, Sorting - Following the previous articles focusing on methods used for primary and secondary breakdown, which produce boards and cants, the next steps in lumber production are to cut off the waney edges, trim to length, square off the ends, and sort the lumber. Grading also comes into the sorting process. For those unfamiliar with the term wane, it refers to a rough edge of a board, cut from the outside of a log.  (6/1/2005)

  Virginia Tech Researchers Urge Single Grading Method for Cants - Cant Grading : Researchers at Virginia Tech recommend the establishment of a single or minimum grading method to differentiate quality of pallet cants..  (4/1/1999)