Timber: Modification of Materials

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Modification of Materials

The modification of properties for specific purposes.

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  • Woods must be altered whilst retaining or enhancing original qualities.
  • Without this wood would be replaced by other materials such as plastic.
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  • Woods need to be seasoned to ensure they are fit for purpose and can withstand the environment that they are in.
  • Timbers are cut down and then the modification can begin.
  • The seasoning of the wood is usually done through a kiln drying.
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Kiln drying

  • Kiln drying involves circulating heat and pressure to release the moisture from the wood.
  • The moisture that is left is what determines its future use.
  • A lower percentage of moisture in the wood enables the wood to be used indoors or in hot conditions.

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