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Fat Andy's Hardwoods was started to provide the fine furniture makers and boat-builders of Maine quality hardwood lumber. Fat Andy's adheres to the highest quality standards when purchasing hardwood lumber, selecting sources from only the finest species of domestic and exotic tropical hardwoods in the world.

When possible we purchase our tropical hardwoods from growers who are carefully protecting thousands of acres of previously threatened tropical rainforest on their farms.

In regards to our domestic hardwoods, our red oak comes from the Monadnock region in New Hampshire, our cherry from southwest Pennsylvania and Virginia and our maple from Vermont. These select regions are known for their consistent color and grain texture. Curly and Birdseye maple come from a small specialty mill in Vermont.

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Fat Andy's Hardwoods stock over 30 species in thickness ranging from 4/4 to 16/4 and all lumber is properly kiln dried to a moisture content of 6-8%.

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Our standard hardwood lumber grades are summarized below:

Grade
Minimum
Board Length
Minimum
Board Width
Minimum
Cutting Size
Min. Area of Clear
Cuttings Required
FAS   8'   6"   4" x 5'
3" x 7'
  83-1/3%
Selects   6'   4"   4" x 5'
3" x 7
  83-1/3%
1C   4'   3"   4" x 2'
3" x 3'
  66-2/3%
2C   4'   3"   3" x 2'   50%
3AC   4'   3"   3" x 2'   33-1/3%
3BC   4'   3"   1-1/2" x 2'   25%

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Firsts and Seconds (FAS)
The best and most expensive grade. Boards 6" and wider, 8' and longer. Yields 83-1/3 percent of clear face cuttings with minimum sizes of 4" x 5', or 3" x 7'. Suitable for fine furniture, cabinetry and applications where clear, wide boards are needed.

Selects
Face side is FAS, back side is No. 1 Common. Boards are 4" and wider , 6' and longer. Yields 83-1/3 percent clear face cuttings with minimum sizes of 4" x 5', or 3" x 7'. A cost effective substitute for FAS when only one good face is required.

No. 1 Common(1C)
A typical thrift or "shop" grade. Boards are 3" and wider, 4' and longer. Yields 66-2/3 percent clear face cuttings with minimum sizes of 4" x 2', or 3" x 3'. Provides good value, especially if relatively small pieces can be used.

No. 2A & 2B Common
Boards are 3" and wider, 4' and longer. Yields 50 percent clear face cuttings 3" and wider by 2' and longer. Suitable for some paneling and flooring applications.

Sound Wormy
Same requirements as #1 Common and better but wormholes, limited sound knots and other imperfections allowed. Not commonly available.

No. 3A Common
Boards are 3" and wider, 4' and longer. Yields 33-1/3 percent clear face cuttings 3" and wider by 2' and longer. Economical choice for rough utility applications:, crates, palettes, fencing, etc.

No. 3B Common
Boards are 3" and wider, 4' and longer. Yields 25 percent clear face cuttings 1-1/2" and wider by 2' and longer. Applications same as No. 3A Common.

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Fat Andy's offers the following milling services: planing, ripping, molding, wide belt sanding and re-sawing.

Terms of Payment: Check in advance, Visa, American Express, Discover, or Mastercharge.

Shipping: UPS or Common Carrier - Call us at 1.800.962.5529 for your freight rate.

Example: 100 bf of 4/4 red 0ak, rough, weighs 400 lbs; shipping cost to Freehold,
N.J. is $80.00.

Feel free to call us (see below), or email us with any of your questions or comments at contact@fatandys.com, or go to our contact page and fill out our contact form.

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