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With the confidence woodworkers
gain from performance testing, it will
become abundantly clear whether 4"
on center is necessary or perhaps three
fasteners are needed instead of two or
if the dowel joints need to be glued at
all. The statements made in the AWS2
that proclaim these parameters are
based on field anecdotal evidence over
time, not actual tests that prove these
statements.
Once the performance measures
are determined through rigorous
testing, the serviceability of a cabinet's
construction will be ranked into the
defined Performance Grades from
Grade 1 indicating the lowest expected
level of performance to Grades 2, 3
and 4 in graduating levels of increased
performance. Manufacturers will be
able to follow clear tolerances that
meet the performance grade they
are contracted to provide. It will be
easier to specify individually both the
necessary performance grade required
for the application and the desired
aesthetic level.
Here is another example: on page
323 at Casework Assembly Rules,
10.4.7.23.8, two illustrations are offered
as OPTIONS for scribes. Those "multiple
choice" illustrations will be re-organized
in an illustration guide as they are not
a measurable standard yet they do
offer some assistance to someone in
the design phase as well as fabrication,
installation and inspection phases of
the project.
The acceptability of either of
these will remain in the care of those
involved in the project through the
manufacturers accepted shop drawings.
The standards will then become more
streamlined, the need for the previous
AWS numeric designation system
such as referenced in the above
example: "Casework Assembly Rules,
10.4.7.22.3.1.5.1.1" will be retired and
replaced with indicators reminiscent of
the QSI 8th Edition.

Subject Expert Review Team
members will review the content of
the initial drafts and meet for a limited
time to create content and revise
drafts. The draft will be reviewed by the
persons canvassed and AWI Editorial
Team members will work with the AWI
Technical Committee members to
eliminate any remaining conflicts and
redundancies while taking care that
the content resonates with industry
partners prescriptive and definitions.
AWI invites you to offer your input
in the process of creating this new,
ground-breaking standard. Contact
Ashley Goodin at the
National Testing Center (229) 389-2543
or agoodin@awinet.org.

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