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..
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.
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.
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.
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