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.
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.
Think Light: Innovative Lightweight Panels was held recently in Kentwood, Mich., organized by Virginia Tech and sponsored by FDM, Stiles Machinery and others.
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.
Q: We are having a problem with raised glue joints in
our solid wood (mahogany) panels and we would like to know what
your recommendation is for the amount of moisture content that we
could get by with, without causing this problem? This applies
also to high-frequency gluing.
Q: We are having some problems with veneer adhesion to
our MDF substrate. After we have completed the panel and finished
it, we notice delamination (a raised bump) in a few areas in the
center. What should we be looking for?
Learn the causes and cures to achieve flatter edge-glued panels
Q:We are gluing two or three pieces of wood together to
form a panel. Our joints seem very strong, but sometimes they are
very weak. We are looking for a way to test our joints so that we
can identify the factors that result in a weak joint. One person
has recommended a shear test block and sent us some info on how
to run that test. Would this be a good way to proceed?
Q: We are edge gluing several strips together into a
panel. Occasionally we have a joint failure and when I look at
the broken joint, I see plenty of glue, but it just didn't hold
together well. There is no wood failure. Can you tell what is
Straight line replacement system allows more volume and the ability to cut many special sizes, all while reducing labor.