States Industries LLC, the manufacturer of ApplePly, launched an online retail outlet for consumers to purchase cut-to-size panels.
The website, www.BuyApplePly.com, offers eleven wood species/grade combinations in thicknesses from ¼-inch through 1 1/2-inch and sizes from 2-by-2-foot to 4-by-4-foot. Species include Teak, Mahogany, Walnut and Anigre, as well as Cherry, Maple, Oak and Birch. All ApplePly panels are made without urea-formaldehyde resins, and many are Forest Stewardship Council certified, the company says. Full sheet purchases continue to be routed through States’ traditional distribution channels.
Q: What is ring shake? How do we detect it in our oak lumber? Does this shake cause a bad odor or other manufacturing problems?
Q: I have just received some glued-up oak panels that we will be using for tabletops. One of our people noticed that the ends of the panels have developed some cracks and more cracks are showing up every 10 minutes it seems. Most of the cracks are at the glue joint at the end of the panels. The supplier says that our shop is too dry (25 percent to 30 percent RH is what we measure now during the wintertime). My people just checked the MC of many panels, including some that have yet to be unstacked and unwrapped; they are getting some readings as high as 10 percent MC (after correcting for temperature), with a lot over 8 percent MC too. We need an outside person to give us an accurate evaluation.
Hargrove Inc., a trade show and event company, has contributed to 16 consecutive inaugurations and counting.
The companies in this directory are making investments to make sure that you have the tools and products necessary to develop successful products with lightweight panels.
Q: I have read every Wood Doctor column you have written and have gained a lot of practical information. But here is a question I have not seen addressed before. As background, our fairly large company has really gone into JIT, just-in-time, manufacturing, which means in-process materials cannot sit around very long at all. Well, this has recently translated into machining our glued up panels (edge-glued on a clamp carrier) within 24 hours after they are glued, or sometimes less. Of course, you know what the problem is: sunken glue joints that are obvious after finishing. My suggestion of waiting three days after gluing, as we have always done, has not been well-received. I am hoping that you have some help for us.
Avian has reported that its lightweight board meets and exceeds the CARB 2 standards making it one of only a few suppliers of CARB 2 standard boards.
Think Light: Innovative Lightweight Panels was held recently in Kentwood, Mich., organized by Virginia Tech and sponsored by FDM, Stiles Machinery and others.
Wood-Mizer Products Inc. in February announced the release of Bio-Mizer, a biomass furnace that converts wood waste into renewable energy for businesses.
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