Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars

gettheredesigns <rick@...>

Hello all,
Random length lumber was (and still is) more common than many people realize. Softwood tongue&groove and shiplap used for subfloors and sheathing roofs and walls in old houses was often random length. And it wasn't always truly random; often it was trimmed to even lengths in 2' increments, 6-16' long, sold by the foot as mixed lots.

To the present day large lots of finished hardwood T&G flooring are sold as mixed random lengths. Lumber grading plays a part--a 6' clear board is worth more than an 8' board with a big knot in one end.

Peace, Rick Aylsworth

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