Building Materials: Wood Term Paper by scribbler

An overview of the production and applications of wood.
# 152283 | 2,516 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2013 in Engineering (Construction) , Environmental Studies (General)

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This paper looks at the history of wood and explores the production process and how it is tailored to the varying properties of wood. The paper then discusses the different applications of wood and outlines the six main types of wood construction. Finally, the paper considers the issues with increasing foresting. The paper includes references as footnotes to the paper.

History of the Wood
Production Process and Properties of Wood
Applications for Wood
Issues With Increasing Foresting

From the Paper:

"The use of wood as a construction material predates written history. The earliest evidence of wood construction comes from a site near Nice, France, where a series of holes in the ground seems to indicate that a hut 20 feet wide by 50 feet long was built there 400,000 years ago using wood posts for support. The oldest wood construction found intact is located in northwest Germany, and was built about 7,300 years ago. By 500 B.C. iron axes, saws, and chisels were commonly used to cut and shape wood. The first reference to cutting wood in a sawmill, rather than using hand tools, comes from northern Europe and dates from about the year 375 and was powered by water flow.
"In North America, European colonists found vast forests of trees, and wood became the principal building material. The circular saw, which had been developed in England, was introduced in the United States in 1814 and was widely used in sawmills. A large-scale bandsaw was developed and patented by Jacob R. Hoffman in 1869 and replaced the circular saw for many of the sawmill operations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bramwell, Martyn (1976). The International Book of Wood. Simon and Schuster
  • Hornbostel, Caleb (1991). Construction Materials, 2nd Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • Wardell, C. (October 1995), "Engineered Lumber From the Top Down." Popular Science, p. 53.

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