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    We have found that the majority of red oak boards generally have one end that is distinctly better than the other and believe this finding applies to hardwoods, in general. Application of this knowledge can have important implications for lumber processing, particularly in gang-rip-first operations. The better ends produce better overall yield, more primary yield, less salvage yield, and more yield in longer and wider cuttings.

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    Gatchell, Charles J.; Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Elizabeth S. 1995. Understanding that red oak lumber has a better and worse end. Forest Products Journal. 45(4): 54-60.

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