Title: Making black cherry blanks from System 6
Author: Reynolds, Hugh W.; Hansen, Bruce G.; Hansen, Bruce G.
Source: Pap. NE-574. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
Description: Low-grade, small-diameter black cherry (Prunus serotina) timber was used to make System 6 cants. Cherry from the Allegheny National Forest (Ludlow, PA), west-central Pennsylvania (Glen Hope, PA), north-central Pennsylvania (Dushore, PA), western Maryland (Oakland, MD), and the Monongahela National Forest (Middle Mountain; WV) was used. The cants were resawed to-414 boards, the boards dried, and blanks were made at the Princeton Laboratory's System 6 pilot plant. By varying the rough mill procedures, differences in board quality and cutting bill requirements were accommodated keeping yields high. The cherry from the Pennsylvania and Maryland sites gave similar yields, while the West Virginia cherry gave 5 percent higher yields. Gum streak was not a problem. Pennsylvania and Maryland cherry gave a 39.0 percent return, and West Virginia cherry gave a 50.3 percent return on a $2.2 million 10-year investment.
Keywords: low-grade utilization, hardwood dimension
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Reynolds, Hugh W.; Hansen, Bruce G. 1986. Making black cherry blanks from System 6. Pap. NE-574. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
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