C Select – This is the highest NELMA Pine grade. While some of the pieces are clear, most pieces have minor characteristics which do not affect their high appearance or quality. Material of this grade is best used for natural or stained finish, fine woodworking or exterior trim.
Grade Application 200: The Grades
Eastern White Pine grade descriptions set forth the limiting characteristic that may occur in the lumber of each grade. Therefore, the rules describe the poorest pieces of the grade. All, or nearly all, of the permissible characteristics of the grade are never present in maximum size or number in any piece. Any piece with an unusual combination of characteristics which seriously affect normal serviceability is excluded from the grade.
Boards graded under NELMA Eastern White Pine Grade Rules are graded from the best face; however, the poorer face must meet the stated criteria for the better face, otherwise the grade of the piece must be graded to a grade in which the poorer face would be admitted. For example, a board which has a Premium face, must grade no lower than sound Standard on the reverse face. If a board with a Premium face has a reverse face that grades Industrial, the board could not be graded any higher than Standard.
The following course pages will provide a basic introduction to each of the 5 grades of Eastern White Pine as a natural starting point to applying what was learned in the previous Characteristics 100 course pages.
Grade Application 200: C-Select
Grade Application 200: D-Select
Grade Application 200: Finish
This is a fine appearance knotty grade calling for sounds, tight knots . Material of this grade can be finished to take advantage of the natural highlights of the piece or to give a fine smooth painted surface. The reverse face of Finish shall permit sound characteristics typically found in Standard.