Source from : (Our thanks to www.hardwoodcouncil.com)
For Retail & Online Sales we offer FAS or Select & Better Grades
|Grade||Min Width||Min Cut Size||Usable Material|
|FAS||6in||4in x 5ft||83%|
|Select & Better||4in||4in x 5ft||83%|
|#1 Common||3in||3in x 4ft||66%|
|#2 Common||3in||3in x 2ft||50%|
FAS: First & Seconds
This used to be two separate categories but was combined many years ago. FAS is the best grade of lumber meaning that it has the largest percent of clear area over all the other grades for this species of wood, thus it’s also the most expensive. A board must be at least 6″ wide and the poorer of the two faces is used to grade it.
FAS 1-Face: First & Seconds:
Similar to FAS except the better face is graded instead of the worst. It must also be 6″ wide.
Select & Better
Select is No. 1 Common on one face and FAS on the other. The board must be at least 4″ wide and like FAS 1-Face, the better face is graded. The price between the first three grades can be very similar depending upon the seller.
This grade is often times just called No.1 or Common. This is still furniture grade material but more defects are allowed than the previous grades. Poorer side is graded and must be 3″ wide.
You can still get short to medium size pieces that are furniture grade material. Poorer side is graded and must be 3″ wide.