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Potential of utilizing small-dimensioned roundwood birch
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4485-0862
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6909-2025
2016 (English)In: The 70th Forest Products Society annual convention - new horizons for the forest products industry, June 27-29, 2016, Portland, Madison: Forest Products Society, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Nordic countries, birch wood has gained interest in furniture and interior applications due to its very unique aesthetic qualities. A significant share (33%) of the small-dimensioned (diameter at breast-height smaller than 9 cm) standing tree volumes in the Swedish productive forest land consists of silver and downy birch (Betula pendula and Betula pubescens). In today’s forest industry, the small-dimensioned material from pre-commercial thinning operations of birch and Norway spruce mixed forests is normally left in the forest if not used as fire-wood. For the furniture industries these fractions may be a new source of raw materials’ supply. However, a proper utilization of this material requires a better knowledge of its properties. This paper presents a review on the utilization aspects of solid wood from small-dimensioned timber as well as some useful concepts for successful material selection in product design. Therefore, based on customer requirement concepts, it is analyzed which wood material properties are important for furniture or joinery applications from hardwoods and how small-dimensioned roundwood birch could meet the requirements. Proposals are made for future research needed to fully explore the potential of using small-dimensioned roundwood birch for furniture applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Madison: Forest Products Society, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Betula pubescens, Betula pendula, customer requirements, wood properties, furniture applications
National Category
Wood Science
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56691DiVA: diva2:974051
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The 70th Forest Products Society annual convention - new horizons for the forest products industry, June 27-29, 2016, Portland,
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The Bridge
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Available from: 2016-09-23 Created: 2016-09-23 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved

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