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Have an order for 200x175mm in sugar gum asking for F17. I can either cut it boxed-heart or cut through heart (but not excluding it) - like a sleeper cut. Always called this F-14. Am I correct? Would I be correct in thinking this size heart-free would be difficult in any sawlog to 600mm diameter? 

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To make F17 grade, unseasoned sugar gum has to comply with Structural Grade no. 1 in AS 2082. In pieces where the smaller dimension is 175mm or more, this grade requires heart to be within the central one third of the width and thickness of the piece, so it would have to be boxed heart.


I had to remove a large yellowbox on my property in April 2017. Being such a large straight specimen, 1200 mm diameter trunk @ 16 meters long before the crown , I could not bare to turn it into firewood. I had it milled to various sections, all 7 meters long & have stored it correctly for drying. Controls from the milled timber were weighed & measured every month.

Now fully seasoned, I wanted to use it for structural timber in a building on the property. This will require compliance to local building codes. How do I go about getting the timber signed off for use & are there any independent inspectors or labs?

Woodsolutions Answer +

Your best contact in Sydney would be Timber Inspection Pty. Ltd. The NSW Forestry Commission used to do timber grading and inspections, but they closed the service and the inspectors formed a private company. You can find them on the net at this address: To find a grader in Melbourne you could contact Timber Training at Creswick. They have a website Since they run courses on visual stress grading they should be able to put you in touch with a timber grader. If you are located in some other part of the country, let us know and we may be able to suggest other qualified graders


Could you please tell me what sustainability certification American Tulip wood has (ie FSC, PEFC or other)? I've checked the American Hardwood site but can't find a specific certification statement.

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We haven’t been able to find FSC certified tulipwood (yellow poplar) either, although British suppliers say FSC certified material is available, eg here: Since it is one of the most plentiful of American species it is unlikely to be endangered in any way. However, if you wish to pursue this perhaps your supplier can advise you in more detail.

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