A customer will often want to purchase lumber items that vary by width, length, thickness, wood type, density, color, grade, and other variables.  To simplify things, you can develop an encoding system with up to 14 characters, and then use it to create a cheat code for each unique item.  The cheat code will function as a SKU  for ordering items, checking out, and doing inventory.

To create a cheat code, read the preliminary steps, and then follow the example.

Preliminary steps

  1. Develop an encoding system to categorize the variables that typify your products.
  2. For a custom product, create a cheat code from the encoding system.
    • The width must be two characters, so enter a zero before a single digit or enter two letters.
    • The length must be two characters, so enter a zero before a single digit or enter two letters.
  3. In the Inventory module, in the alternate part number (Alt #) box or the primary part number (Part #) box, enter the cheat code for the custom item.

Example of an 8-character encoding system and a related product 

  1. A customer wants to buy a product that is 2x4x16 inches, and consists of R (redwood), T (tongue-and-groove), and S (select grade).

    Example of an encoding system for creating an 8-character cheat code

    Thickness in inches

    Width in inches

    (must be 2 characters)

     

    Length in feet

    (must be 2 characters)

     

    Wood

    Type

    Grade

    1

    01

    04

    D = douglas fir

    D = dimen

    1 = con heart

    2

     

    04

     

    08

    P = pine

    T = tongue & groove

    2 = Btr

    3

    10

    16

    C = cedar

    B = bevel

    3 = utility

    Etc.

    16

    Etc.

    R = redwood

    P = PT

    4 = economy

    X =  ½”

    Etc.

    SS = Short stud

    H = hemfir

    F = fence

    C = Clear

    Y = 5/8″

     

    LS = Long stud

     

    S = 1S2E

    V = CVG

    Z = 3/4″

     

    LI = Lineal

     

    R = rough

    K = STK

     

     

     

     

    Z = Blue stain

    T = Tex Face

     

     

     

     

     

    S = Select

     

     

     

     

     

    Q= Qual & Btr

  2. Based on the encoding system in the table above, the cheat code for this product would be 20416RTS

    Description

    Lumber product

    Example

    Dimensions

    2 x 04 x 16

    20416

    Wood type

    Redwood

    R

    Type

    Tongue and groove

    T

    Grade

    Select

    S

  3. In the Inventory module, in the alternate part number (Alt #) box or the primary part number (Part #) box, enter this cheat code:  20416RTS
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