WOODENWARE GRADING CRITERIA
This is a general reference of our three different grades - Select/Clear, Commercial and Budget/Economy grades for boxes. The pictures below do not represent a worst-case scenario or a best-case scenario for each grade. In fact, the sides and ends used were randomly picked off each corresponding pallet - our goal is to give our customer an idea in the difference of woodenware grades.
At left is our Select grade Hive Body. This grade will have the fewest wood deviations. Small, tight knots and small pitch pockets are allowed, but there will be no deviations in the dovetails, rabbets or in the handholds.
At right is a sample of our Commercial grade in a 6 5/8 super and a hive body. The following wood deviations are allowed - tight knots are allowed except in the dovetails or in the rabbets. Pitch pockets are allowed, although preferably on the inside of the box. Bluing up to 50% is allowed, and deviations can occur in the handhold as long as it won't interfere with functionality.
At left is a sample of our Budget/Economy grade. It provides for an excellent product for your dollar, and will provide years of service. Deviations include loose knots and/or large knots and/or cracks, bluing, larger pitch pockets, some warpage but the same precision fits as the other grades.
At right is our Commercial 9 1/8 Frame
At left is our Budget 9 1/8 Frame
At right are our Commercial 9 1/8 Frames with hive
Side-by-Side Hive Body Comparisons are below