Title: Alaska birch for edge-glued panel production—considerations for wood products manufacturers
Author: Nicholls, David.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep.PNW-GTR-820 Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 25 p.
Station ID: GTR-PNW-820
Description: Edge-glued panels could become a natural extension for the birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.) lumber industry in Alaska, resulting in greater utilization of the birch resource while allowing producers to explore a wider variety of products and markets. Key advantages of edge-glued panel production include the relatively low cost of equipment, the potential use of smaller diameter stems and less valuable grades of lumber, flexibility in panel product sizes, and opportunities to sell products within established local markets. This paper has reviewed practical considerations for wood products firms in Alaska who may be considering edge-glued panel production from birch lumber. Key issues could include equipment requirements, lumber drying, quality control considerations, wood machining, treatment of character mark features, marketing strategies, and strategic partnerships. Edge-glued panels represent a class of products that could be within the technical and financial reach of many Alaska producers. One immediate opportunity would be kitchen cabinet production; however, other products that utilize edge-glued panels include furniture, doors, and craft items.
Keywords: Alaska, birch, lumber, edge-glued panel, economic development
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Nicholls, David. 2010. Alaska birch for edge-glued panel production—considerations for wood products manufacturers. Gen. Tech. Rep.PNW-GTR-820 Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 25 p..