Customer requirements on solid wood material: A birch roundwood case-study
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 12th meeting of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE): Wood Science and engineering - a key factor on the transition to Bioeconomy / [ed] Bruno Andersons and Arnis Kokorevics, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry , 2016, 22-28 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Today a majority of the pre-commercial thinning (PCT) cut birch stems in Sweden are retained on the site for biodegradation, since their market value is lower than the cost of harvesting. Some stems are removed as firewood. The uses of the PCT material can be difficult to find, and the costly PCT is carried out in expectation of greater returns later in the forest rotation. There is a growing body of literature that recognises the possibility of using low value wooden material for furniture and interior purposes. While some research has been carried out on character-marked wood, there have been few investigations on utilization of small-dimensioned roundwood. However, proper utilisation of this material requires appropriate matching of the material attributes with the end-user’s expectations on furniture or joinery products. The aim of this work is to understand challenges and possibilities for the utilization of small-dimensioned roundwood birch in furniture and joinery products. The study synthesizes literature on customers’ demands on hardwood and important material properties. A case-study approach was used to evaluate how a bench, made out of small-dimensioned roundwood birch, can meet the requirements from customers and manufacturing industries. The results demonstrate that opportunities exist within the customer segment appealed by naturalistic furniture design. Proposals are made for future research needed for successful use of small-dimensioned roundwood birch for furniture applications.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry , 2016. 22-28 p.
Betula, customer requirements, furniture material
Research subject Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56694ISBN: 978-9934-14-981-8ISBN: 978-9934-14-982-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56694DiVA: diva2:974055
The 12th meeting of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE), September 12-13, 2016 Riga, Latvia