From Tree To Timber—How Sawn wood is Formed

Trees grow in nearly every part of the world. The wood manufacturing process begins when trees are cut and form logs. From logs, there are various types of cutting processes that result in three cuts of wood: flatsawn wood, quartersawn wood, and riftsawn wood, also called flat sawn, quarter sawn, and rift sawn. These cuts are often referred to as sawnwood—or timber that is taken to a sawmill and sawed from tree logs into various lengths in various directions. The type of cut is identified by the tree’s growth rings that show on the wood boards. The end result is lumber that can be manufactured and used for a multitude of purposes including furniture, cabinetry, and wood paneling, to name a few. When large pieces of lumber are sawn for heavy construction, lumber is often called timber. You’ve heard the expression, “TIMBER,” often spoken when a large tree or other object is about to fall to the ground during a backyard or high-end construction project.

Flatsawn Wood

Flatsawn wood is most popular among retailers and buyers because it costs less to manufacture and the grain suits many types of wood applications. The milling process involves cuts through the center of the log with little waste. This flat sawn style of wood displays what is called a “cathedral” cut based on a tangential wood grain. Flat sawn wood is easy to find and cost effective for projects of every scale.

Quartersawn Wood

The quartersawn wood cut takes more time and labor to produce because the log must be cut into quarters. The patterns are often desirable for certain projects and in fact the process results in a stronger piece of wood that is more moisture resistant. Cupping, twisting, and warping are less likely than with flat sawn wood, but waste is usually higher. Buyers enjoy rich patterns and character in quarter sawn red oak and white oak.

Riftsawn Wood

For furniture and cabinetry, riftsawn wood is the most expensive and yet offers linearity in a straight-line grain. This cut is milled perpendicular to the growth rings. When furniture pieces need to match, rift sawn wood offers consistency. The manufacturing process is more labor intensive and waste is higher, so buyers will pay more. For beautiful custom wood parts for large-scale kitchen and bath cabinetry projects, rift sawn wood is the perfect choice if the budget is adequate.

Count on Timberpart

You can count on Timberpart for high-quality sawnwood used for commercial projects. If want to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers using red or white oak for your construction projects or supplier needs, Timberpart can help. We stand behind superior timber products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying natural wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.

Wood Cabinetry for All Seasons, All Industries

In nearly every commercial industry, from hotels to high-rises, there’s a grand demand for wood cabinetry. Every room in nearly every inhabitable building requires storage options in the form of cabinets, and wood is lately the material of choice. Modern day industrial-scale cabinet designers are challenged to blend open concept design attributes with full functionality to create spaces that people find warm yet appealing.

Cabinet Architecture As Focal Points

Given today’s desire for open floor plans, patrons, visitors, and office workers entering a room are naturally drawn to focal points, which includes beautiful cabinetry. The basic components that make up standard cabinets are in fact the architectural elements that draw attention and count for a major part of room aesthetics. These components generally include door panels, drawer fronts, end panels, and hardware.

Latest in Wood Fashions 

Designers are capitalizing on a variety of wood fashions to create spaces that resonate with their beholders and evoke feelings and emotions for a personal “experience,” which aligns with today’s consumer behaviors in general. The type, color, patina, and texture of wood cabinetry along with the hardware pulls and brackets can bring out the best in a room. While every consumer has a different style, trending colors come and go and consumers tend to follow the crowd. This year, earth tones and natural materials with great color depth are favored among commercial spaces, with gray and brown wood and paint tones for kitchens and baths. White is also popular, standing alone or as a rich complement to either gray or brown.

Wood Design Alternatives

Industry leaders are working with construction and design consultants to offer aesthetic wood alternatives that include beauty and function. People want cabinet parts with clean and subtle lines but added interest in a handcrafted look, a country distressed patina, rough and unique textures, and mix ‘n’ match woods. For kitchen and bathroom cabinets on projects small and large, everything is in from recycled wood to natural wood finishes.

Functionality on the Forefront

While hotel room experiences and office modernity are important to people everywhere, full functionality must not be sacrificed. Multitaskers seek energy-efficient, multipurpose spaces and workstations for every activity, from office work to cooking and crafting. Cabinetry has got to beautiful and it has got to have function.

Count on Timberpart

You can count on Timberpart for modern wood furnishings that are suited for today’s commercial projects. If want to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers for your construction projects or supplier needs, we can help. We stand behind superior timber products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying natural wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.

The Rebirth of Natural Wood in Commercial Construction

The timber industry has come full scale. Since the early days when wood was a natural, sought after commodity for large-scale building projects of every type, alternative wood products have made there way into the markets and managed to impress some leaders and builders along the way. Steel and concrete made their debut as worthy materials for a number of commercial construction projects. Timing was good, given the decade-long siege of the bark beetle in the 2000s and periods of devastating drought in the Northwest. While some of the fake-wood options are excellent choices for certain applications, such as a Trex® outdoor deck for example, there is a new shift taking place—a rebirth of natural wood in commercial construction of airports, educational buildings, hotels, museums, schools, sports facilities, and more.

Clean and Sustainable Wood

There is no question that natural tree wood is a clean and sustainable option, from forest to fabrication. Wood is clean, easy to manufacture, and made to withstand the elements. Manufacturing wood requires minimal artificial or synthetic alterations, chemical processes, or other modifications, and technology offers better fabrication and connection engineering systems that make this possible. Trees can be planted specifically for the purpose of wood manufacturing so that we are not destroying forests unnecessarily. Not only that, forests clean the air and give us a product that is fresh for breathing and safe for the environment. There is a new trend for timber as an architectural alternative that offers sustainable construction.

Beautiful, Durable, and Versatile Wood

The varieties of wood types make wood a valuable option for both internal and external construction needs. There are many beautiful soft woods and hard woods that offer the durability and versatility needed for the project at hand. While synthetic wood products are suitable for certain environments, there is no match for the beauty, durability, and versatility found in birch, oak, maple, cherry, and poplar, to name a few. These woods are structurally flexible and well suited for cabinets, drawers, kitchen organizers, and furniture.

Energy and Cost-Efficient Wood

From energy and cost-efficiency standpoints, solid wood construction including cross-laminated panel systems is at the top of the list. Known as a natural material for maximizing R-value and insulation in wood framing, for example, wood meets or exceeds energy codes. Wood usually allows more space for insulation, increasing performance and saving costs. The popularity of wood has spiraled given its resilience to both natural and manmade disasters that have plagued the world in recent years. Made to withstand wind, moisture, other natural elements, most of the world agrees there is no real replacement for wood. This rebirth of wood for commercial construction is a welcome sign for the wood products industry.

Count on Timberpart 

You can count on Timberpart for beautiful, durable, and versatile wood and wood parts used for commercial and residential cabinetry and other kitchen and bath furniture. If want to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers for your construction projects or supplier needs, we can help. We stand behind superior kiln-dried timber products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying fine wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.

The Value of Kiln Dried Wood

If you’ve ever planted a tree, you recognize the value of water in terms of the life and sustenance of the tree. Water travels from the ground up through the trunk of the tree and into the fibers and pores in the wood. A live tree thrives when it is saturated with water, which makes up about 30% of the weight of the tree. Once a tree is cut for production, it is considered “green” and naturally full of water. Eventually the wood will begin to dry and reach what is known as an equilibrium with the surrounding environment. Moisture from both the pores and the cell walls leaves the tree at varying stages and result in shrinkage. While air-drying a timber stack can take place naturally over time, there is a much faster and more efficient way to dry most woods. It’s called kiln drying, or oven drying.

Reason for Kiln Drying

Reaching Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) is optimum, as this means the wood is at a point in which it is not losing or gaining moisture, but the fact is this value can change where you have varying humidity or temperature changes. Wood fibers essentially swell when they absorb moisture and then shrink when moisture is released resulting in expansion and contraction. As part of the wood production process in order to minimize the issue of ever-changing and transforming wood parts, companies rely on kiln drying to speed up the wood drying process and prepare the wood for manufacturing into various wood parts for resale.

Wood Manufacturing Process and Kiln Drying

Kiln drying actually one of the later stages in the wood manufacturing process. Once trees are sawed and trimmed into boards or wood pieces and irregularities removed, the wood is sorted based on it’s dryness. There are uses for green wood as well. The dry wood is stacked using spacers in order for air to circulate among the wood and placed into kilns for further drying in a well controlled environment. The final stages in preparing the wood involve planing and grading. Some types of wood can take 30 days or more to dry properly. The kiln drying process helps in the waste reduction as well as the lifetime of the wood. Kiln drying generally takes place in kilns that are of temperatures between 110-280 degrees Fahrenheit where production operators monitor the humidity, temperature, and the wood’s moisture content. It is important that kiln dried wood is in a perfect state for use in order to avoid expense, rework, or poor wood products.

Measuring Moisture in Wood

The process of measuring moisture in wood is a delicate process and can be deceiving. If an oven is set to the wrong temperature or only some sections of wood test correctly due to the varying moisture among wood parts, the readings may be inaccurate. Most manufacturers use moisture meters of varying types to measure the moisture content in wood based on the type of wood. Manufacturers rely on state-of-the-art moisture meters of varying types that use built-in temperature corrections, stored measurements for deviations, and computer generated controls.

Count on Timberpart

You can count on Timberpart for high-quality, perfectly kiln dried lumber used in the supply of new cabinet wood. If want to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers for your construction projects or supplier needs, take the Timberpart factory tour. We stand behind superior kiln-dried timber products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying fine wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.

The Bark Beetle Exposed

A decade of serious disintegration of the conifer forests of North America is widely blamed on a 5mm-long winged weevil species commonly called the ”bark beetle.” While this is certainly no secret to the world, there is more than meets the eye (not that you can actually see it, as it appears no larger than a piece of rice) when it comes to this tiny, generally hated pest. The mountain pine beetle, southern pine beetle, and engraver beetle are just three among hundreds of species of similar beetles, but they have done enough damage to affect the economy, the air, the recreation industry, and more. While there is plenty of controversy around why this has happened, there are enough facts to draw some worthy conclusions.

The Damage Is Done

Thousands of conifers were lost between 2004 and 2014 in over 20 states, from the Yukon Mountains of Canada to the Rocky Mountains, and as far south as Mexico. The bark beetle drills small holes into the bark of pines, spruces, and other common conifer trees. These particular bark beetles reproduce in the inner bark area of live trees by way of a fungi that converts parts of the tree into food for the offspring, which eventually kills the tree. Sadly, as this forest disruption took place, more and more beautiful trees were lost, and the smell of fresh forest pine was nearly obliterated. The results were devastating, as seen in the trickle down effects of reduced wood supplies (88 million acres of timber needed for wood production and wood manufacturing), the absence of clean mountain air that is largely attributed to living forests, and the stability of seasonal mountain ski resorts.

 A Bad Rap for the Beetle

While the little pest has a bad rap for killing off thousands of trees, the original purpose of these types of beetles in a perfect world is associated with an important ecological system. When the environment is right, the beetle is to enter dead or week trees and actually speed up the cycle of decomposition. The result is to ultimately renew the forest rather than destroy it. Speculation by some indicates excessive drought and short winter seasons play a role in the problem. Given the range in territory where the problem exists, which also includes some forests in Europe, the reasoning is not confirmed. Some claim the lack of natural forest fires enhances the problem.

Some Good News In Terms of Salvaged Wood

The Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and a number of other organizations have bark beetle management programs in place for improving the state of the forests. Trees that have died, if harvested within five years, are suitable for wood products and wood parts. The structure of the wood is not affected. Many programs involve salvaging wood and thinning of the forest floor to prevent fuel for wild fires and decay that results in green house gases. Healthy trees use natural sap to remove the beetle, and these efforts continue to lead to healthier forests overall and hope for the wood industry.

Count on Timberpart

 While Timberpart is in the business of supplying beautiful new cabinet wood, if you are ready to learn more about custom wood cabinets and drawers for your construction projects or supplier needs, we can help. We stand behind superior wood products and excellent customer services, and we offer competitive prices for every order. You’ll enjoy discounted bulk order pricing along with sale options up to 30% on selected parts. Timberpart has been servicing customers for over seven years, supplying fine wood products to customers like you. Visit us online to view our photo gallery and expert workmanship or submit a request, and let us help you fulfill your production needs.