4 Reasons Hardwood Rips Make Sense (WoodworkingNetwork.com)

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When working with hardwood lumber, the right supplier can make a big impact on your business. This article from Woodworking Network breaks down how the right equipment and capabilities can help lower costs, reduce waste and maximize efficiencies. And as a result, reduce production bottlenecks while getting more value from your team. These core benefits are what we deliver with each project. We use our leading expertise and apply the woodgrain finish material you want to your specific application. Whether it’s rated door frames, cabinetry, door stiles and rails, or ceiling panel – we have it covered. Read on for Bob’s take on the benefits of hardwood rips:

4 Reasons Hardwood Rips Make Sense (WoodworkingNetwork.com)

“Many times, one of the first steps when manufacturing with hardwoods is to convert the random width boards to the exact widths required in production. Manufacturers either do this in their own production facilities or they work with a hardwood supplier and purchase specific SLR2E boards, (moulder blanks), instead of random lumber. This typically replaces or supplements what they produce themselves. Here’s why:

1: To lower operational costs
When working with hardwood lumber one of the most important areas to maximize is lumber yield. Improving yields by 2% or 3% can make a big difference in performance. Manufacturers that purchase exact width lumber can many times capitalize on the precision their supplier’s equipment, the experience of their operators, as well as benefit from the efficiencies of their supplier’s larger cut bills.  It also allows them to reduce their overall lumber waste and waste disposal costs.

2: Shift variable costs vs. fixed costs
When you rely on random width hardwood lumber you never quite know exactly how the bundles will work in your operation.  When manufacturers purchase ripped-to-width blanks they take the guesswork out of the lumber conversion process. It also helps shift variable costs of production to fixed costs since they can better track their overall lumber expenditures.”

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