Throughout history, the unique characteristics and comparative abundance of wood have made it a natural material for homes and other structures, furniture, tools, vehicles, and decorative objects. Today, for the same reasons, wood is prized for a multitude of uses.
The inherent factors that keep wood in the forefront of raw materials for furniture making and carpentry amidst other competitive materials are many and varied, but a chief attribute is its availability in many species, sizes, shapes, and conditions to suit almost every demand. Other remarkable attributes that keep wood as a choice material include;
These attributes are endless. Indeed wood is a blessing to humanity.
Also for environmental sustainability over the years, several technologies have been employed for the maximum and sustainable utilization of wood through the use of other hybrid products of woods generally called engineered wood products. With the wide use of these engineered wood products, our forest and woody trees will be sustainably utilized and conserved for future generations.
Engineered wood products
are also called composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured wood products, this includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding or fixing the strands, particles, fibers, or veneers or boards of wood, together with adhesives, or other methods of fixation to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction, furniture making to commercial buildings to industrial products. The products can be used for joists and beams that replace steel in many building projects, for floor tiles, wall cladding and other furniture works in place of solid wood.
Typically, engineered wood products are made from the same hardwoods and softwoods used to manufacture lumber. Sawmill scraps and other wood waste can be used for engineered wood composed of wood particles or fibers, but whole logs are usually used for veneers, such as plywood, medium density fibreboards (MDF) particle board. Some engineered wood products, like oriented strand board (OSB), can use less used wood species, a common but non-structural species.
Common Engineered wood products include;
Plywood, Particleboards, Oriented strand board (OSB), Glued laminated timber (glulam), Laminated veneer lumber (LVL), Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Parallel strand lumber (PSL), Laminated strand lumber (LSL) etc.
Engineered wood products over the years has been widely used because of their numerous advantages over solid wood. This advantages include;