Sole Lesson (How are timbers and boards selected and processed for…
How are timbers and boards selected and processed for commercial products?
Different types of timber and boards
Selection of timbers
The company that needs the wood will find out what characteristics/attributes the wood needs to have and will then find out which tree matches this description
Oak is stronger than another pine, which can be used for bendable objects unlike oak. These two types of wood have different uses, e.g. oak can be used for tables or other strong things, however pine could be used for the back of picture frames, or other curved objects
Selection of boards
The company that needs the board will find out what characteristics/attributes the board needs to have and will then find out which board matches this description
Advantages and disadvantages of using man made boards
Can be cheaper
Can be easier to shape
Doesn't need as much care
Harder to make
Could have better, natural counterparts that are better suited for the job
Process of preparing boards
Other boards are made from timber being chopped down
Chipboard is made of the wood chips left over after the timber has been dealt with
Process of preparing timber
Trees are felled and stacked
The trees are transported to the sawmill to be cut down and dried
They are then transported off to be used in many different ways
How and why are surface treatments and finishes applied to wooden products?
What types of surface treatments and finishes are applied?
Finishes can be applied by rubbing, brushing or spraying
Enhancing the appearance
Can make it look more appealing to people
Timber is immersed in preservatives
Can help extend wood life for years
Can prevent some woods from rotting or showing signs of withering
How are materials cut, shaped and formed
to a tolerance?