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1 Timber BADI Year 1

2 Brainstorm: uses of timber Uses Properties – why its good / bad

3 Timber Wood is an important engineering material Used for: –Furniture –Houses –Bridges –Piers jettys etc –Telegraph poles, pit props, fence posts –railway sleepers –And many other applications

4 Description of Wood Properties (1) Weight: (Density) Average ovendry weight. Rankings based on pounds per cubic foot: 43 = high (heavy). Hardness: Side hardness or ability to resist compression perpendicular to the grain. Rankings based on fiber stress at proportional limit in pounds per square inch (psi): 1250 = high (hard).

5 Description of Wood Properties (2) Stiffness: Elasticity or ability to resist bending stress. Rankings based on modulus of elasticity in million psi: 1.65 = high (stiff). Bending Strength: Maximum bending stress before failure occurs. Rankings based on modulus of rupture in psi: = high (strong).

6 Description of Wood Properties (3) Shock Resistance: Impact strength or toughness. Measured by dropping a 50 pound hammer on a board supported on both ends at successively increasing heights until complete rupture occurs. Rankings based on max height of hammer in inches: 55 = high. Decay Resistance: Ability to resist deterioration due to decay fungi. Rankings based on relative decay resistance: low (little resistance); medium (some resistance); high (very decay resistant). Heartwood is generally more decay resistant than sapwood.

7 Stability: Dimensional stability in service associated with changes in humidity levels. Rankings based on average seasonal movement of kiln dried wood: low (not stable); medium (fairly stable); high (very stable). Working ease: How easily the wood is worked. These rankings are somewhat more subjective than those for the other criteria but they take into account things such as blunting effects on cutting edges and how easily the wood splinters, chips, and burns. Rankings: low (works with difficulty); medium (works fairly easily); high (works easily). Type: Hardwood (angiosperm) or softwood (gymnosperm). Softwoods are typically less dense than hardwoods, making them easier to cut and nail without pre- drilling. Pines, firs, hemlocks, cedars, and spruces are all softwoods. Description of Wood Properties (4)

8 Wood SpeciesWeightHardnessStiffnessStrengthShock ResDecay ResStabilityWorking Alder, Commonmedlow high Beech, Europeanhighmed highmedlow med Birch, Europeanmed highmed lowmed Boxwoodhighmed highmedlowhighmed Cherry, Europeanmed high Chestnut, Europeanmedlow medlowmedlowmed Douglas-firmedhighmedlowmed Elm, Europeanmedlow med Hornbeam, Europeanhighmedhigh medlow Horse Chestnutmedlow medlow highmed Larch, Europeanmed lowmedhighmed Lime, Europeanmedlowmed low medlow Magnoliamed highlowmedhigh Oak, redhigh medlowmed Pearhighlowmedhighmedlowmedhigh Poplarlow medhigh Port-Orford cedarlowhighmedlow high Sycamore planemedlowmed low med Yew, Europeanhighlowmedhighlowhigh med Table of properties of common woods

9 Man made boards Man made boards often made use of waste materials. For example saw dust is use to make MDF and hardboard. The saw dust is held together with a glue. Man made boards are often used as cheap alternatives to real woods. Man made boards don't look as expensive as real woods. Man made boards are often covered with a thin layer of real wood to improve their appearance (Veneered). Because they don’t have grain they are often superior to timber because they do not warp shrink or swell

10 Chipboard Made from compressed wood chips. Strength varies with density of board. Bonded with resin. Often veneered to improve appearance. Cheap. USES: Cheap floor boards, self assembly furniture

11 MDF Medium Density Fibreboard Higher density when chipboard, therefore stronger. No grain, strong, though edges need treating before painting. Cheap. Doesn’t warp and dimensionally stable. Good for areas that will sometimes get wet, like windowsills. USES: Furniture, model making

12 Blockboard Blocks of cheap wood sandwiched between thin sheets of better quality wood. Very strong. USES: Furniture

13 Hardboard Made of sawdust, similar to MDF. Smooth on one side and rough on the other. Very cheap. USES: Construction material

14 Plywood Layers of wood bonded together with grains at right angles to each other, very strong. USES: Flooring, wall panels, furniture, boats (marine ply)


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