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Western White Birch Lumber

Western White Birch Lumber Supplier for Canada – BC – Vancouver

Western White Birch (Betula papyrifera) is one of only two Birches found in British Columbia. Its range extends from Saskatchewan to the Pacific Coast.


This birch lumber is usually creamy white, but a central brownish (natural or red heart) core is often present. Natural Colour or Red Heart is often sought after for it's "character colour range". The growth ring pattern is faint, the texture is fine and uniform. It is moderate in weight, strength and hardness and not decay resistant.

When placed in the kiln Birch dries satisfactorily with fairly high shrinkage but little degradation. This species of wood machines well with good nail holding and screw holding abilities as well as surfacing to a smooth finish.

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Grade - Select and Better White– available in size 4/4 thickness

- Highest yield available for Western White Birch 

- 1 white face and the back with maximum 50% Natural colour (Red Heart)

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 4" x 36” or 3" x 72” cuttings

- Yields 83 % clear face cuttings

- Reverse face must be "sound back” and better

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16” 

- Note Pin Knots no defect in cuttings



Grade - Select and Better Natural– available in size 4/4 thickness

- Highest yield available for Western White Birch 

- 1 face being minimum 50% Natural (Red Heart) colour

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 4" x 36” or 3" x 72” cuttings

- Yields 83 % clear face cuttings

- Reverse face must be "sound back” and better

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2” 

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16” 

- Note Pin Knots no defect in cuttings



Grade - #1 Shop White– available in size 4/4 thickness


- Second highest yield available for Western White Birch 

- 1 white face and the back with maximum 50% Natural colour (Red Heart)

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3" x 36” or 4" x 24” cuttings

- Yields 66 % clear face cuttings

- Reverse face cuttings must be "sound back” and better

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2” 

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

-S2S at 15/16”

- Note Pin Knots no defect in cuttings



Grade - #1 Shop Natural– available in size 4/4 thickness


- Second highest yield available for Western White Birch 

- 1 face being minimum 50% Natural (Red Heart) colour

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3" x 36” or 4" x 24” cuttings

- Yields 66 % clear face cuttings

- Reverse face cuttings must be "sound back” and better

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16”

- Note Pin Knots no defect in cuttings



Grade - #2 Shop – available in size 4/4 thickness

- Third highest yield available for Western White Birch

- 2 Shop grade consists of shorter clear two-face and clear one-face cuttings

- Yields 50% minimum size 3”x24” 1 face clear cuttings

- Reverse face must be "sound back” and better

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16” 

- Note Pin Knots no defect in cuttings



Grade – Frame Grade – available in size 4/4 thickness

Structural grade boards for upholstery frame construction Frame Grade will require ripping to yield long rails and short parts for sofa construction parts

- Yields 66% minimum 1 sound cuttings size 4”x72” per piece with balance 4” x 24” sound cuttings

- Some unsound cuttings allowed

- Cuttings allowed to have bark pockets, season checks, surface shake, worm holes and limited wane

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16”



Grade - #3 Shop – available in size 4/4 thickness

Appropriate for economy short frame components, core stock and fingerjoint blocks.

- Utilizes both clear two-face cuttings and structurally sound cuttings to make up the over-all minimum yield of 33% 

- Minimum size cuttings 3”x24” sound and clear

- Widths 4” and wider allowing 5% 3-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9', 10' Heavy to 8' and 10' lengths

- Graded after Kiln Drying to 6-8% max 12% mc 

- S2S at 15/16”



Any Questions? Call Us 604-462-7517

                                            

  Chris                                               Doug


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