Grading GuideColumbia Forest Products new Hardwood Plywood Grading Guide provides and easy to use desk reference for detailed, practical, information and guidance on wood veneer characteristics plus industry-standard grading table for woodworkers and specifiers.

The Grading Guide is written by Ang Schramm, also author of The Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer, covers a number of key topics including:


  • Veneer cuts and matching
  • Slicing methods
  • Face and back grades of popular species
  • Explanations of common natural characteristics
  • A comprehensive glossary of industry terms

BurlBecause wood is a natural material, there are many unique characteristics found throughout the veneer faces. These naturally occurring inconsistencies make grading wood a complex process which is governed by the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association (HPVA)

Columbia’s Grading Guide endeavors to clarify this process for woodworkers and wood specifiers like cabinetmakers, furniture makers, architects and designers.

Heartwood“The purpose of this publication is to give some order to this assortment of characteristics in a practical manner, with an overview of the industry-standard grading tables and other content including veneer production, core options, and plywood manufacture,” says Ang Schramm, Director of Technical Services at Columbia Forest Products. “With a sound understanding of the inherent individuality of trees, we have the rare opportunity to make every project or job a signature work of art.”

The new Grading Guide content is available for FREE on the web at for woodworkers and designers or anyone interested in wood knowledge.