Softwood Lumber

It’s the Grade that Makes the Difference

Moore Newton only stocks the highest-grades of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar available. Softwoods are particularly susceptible to tremendous quality variation between grades; a lower grade board may cost less, but ultimately may cost you more due to lower yield, poor appearance, and longevity in service.

  • standard sawn vs. full sawn: companies selling softwoods as 8/4 are often selling standard-sawn; their lumber is cut green at 2″, shrinking up to 1/4″ during kiln-drying. While you are paying for an 8/4 board, you are really only getting 7/4 material. Moore Newton only sells Full-Sawn material, meaning our lumber is cut heavy and shrinks to the stated nominal dimension; Our 8/4 is actually 8/4.
  • A Grade vs. C Grade: Many distributors try to offer a better price by selling C & Better Fir. While a board may cost may cost you 10%-15% less, the money saved is lost when you try to cut around all those knots. Moore Newton only sells 85/15 (85% A-grade, 15% B-grade, the highest sort of Fir available.
  • Fine vs. Wide:  A cheaper unit of Fir or Cedar is cheaper for a reason. Wide, open grain Fir or Cedar is less durable and far less attractive. Our softwoods are true, fine-grain VG material, the only material to use when making high-quality windows and doors.

Douglas Fir

  • 100% Full-Sawn rough, 85/15, Vertical-grain
  • available in 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4
  • 4″ widths through 12″ widths
  • most commonly used dimensions available in 6′-16′ lengths

Western Red Cedar

  • 100% Full-Sawn rough, 85/15, Vertical-grain
  • available in 4/4, 5/4, 7/4, 8/4, 4″, 6″
  • 3″ widths through 12″ widths
  • most commonly used dimensions available in 6′-16′ lengths

Pine

  • Sugar Pine and Ponderosa Pine
  • available in 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 rough-sawn, Moulding & Better, C & Better
  • available in S4S stock in all common dimensions

Hemlock

  • 100% Full-Sawn rough, 85/15, Vertical-grain
  • available in 8/4 x 6, 8/4 x 8
  • 13′-16′ lengths