Timber: Properties of Materials

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Properties of Materials

It is important to understand which properties are making the products we use fit for purpose.

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Traditional wooden toys

  • Traditional wooden toys are made from beech or plywood.
  • These materials are effective as they are both strong, particularly plywood.
  • Beech is slightly more appropriate as it can take paint better.
  • The edges of plywood need to be sanded very carefully to hide the pattern.
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Flat pack furniture

  • Flat pack furniture is often made from chipboard with a wood veneer.
  • Companies like IKEA are able to combine the use of a composite with softwood/hardwood veneer.
  • This provides the customer with the strength of timber whilst having the visual appeal of the wood grain.
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Benefits of chipboard

  • Chipboard furniture is often flat packed and provided as sheets where the customer has to put the product together using small screws or KDF (knock down fittings).
  • The furniture will be tough and be able to take some wear and tear due to its strength properties.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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