Growing environment awareness of consumers have led to more alternative materials being used in furniture making. Here is a look at some alternative Earth-friendly materials that furniture makers should embrace. By Rachel Kwek 

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Sweden is one of Europe’s most densely-forested countries, with this sector playing a major role economically. However, adaptation to climate change in forestry has, to a large extent, been limited to the provision of recommendations to forest managers, most of which have only been partially implemented. By E Carina H Keskitalo, Umea University

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There are thousands of hardwood species in the world, occurring naturally and also planted throughout the tropics and temperate regions. The choice of which hardwood to use depends on many factors, but mainly on one issue—fit for purpose. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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The application of various wood preservatives, for example waterborne and organic-borne type, can exert specific effect on the surface performance and properties of different coated wood species. By Turgay Ozdemir, Ali Temiz, and Ismail Aydin, Department of Forest Industry Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University

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As one of the common drying defects of sawn lumber, end checking will cause unnecessary losses of both natural resource and productivity to manufacturers. In light of this, an innovative coating technique can become the ideal solution to tackle the problem. By Alvaro Raphael Orozco, UC Coatings 

 

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Despite the availability of other alternatives in the market, edge gluing continues to dominate the market. The latest developments in adhesive technologies have diversified application, offering even greater application potential. By Daniel Fernandez, Rayt Adhesives

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Surface roughness plays an important role in the adhesion strength of varnish that can be critical in enhancing appearance and improving service life. By TurgayOzdemir and MutluKocapinar, Karadeniz Technical University, and Salim Hiziroglu, Oklahoma State University

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Wood flooring contractors who experimented with the application of adhesive some 50 years ago had little idea about the huge impact they have created today. With advancement in technology, adhesive has become an indispensable element of wood flooring. By Michael Martin, National Wood Flooring Association

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Wood flooring, especially in outdoor application, can be slippery when the surface is exposed to moisture. What are the factors that affect the skid resistance of wood flooring?  By Isabel Fernandez, Angeles Fernandez, Katia Rodriguez and Vanessa Bano, Forestry and Wood Research Centre (CETEMAS) 

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Engineered To Charm

With the rapid technological evolutions these days, numerous of advanced flooring options has been brought to homeowners in the flooring market. Engineered wood flooring is among of the latest technology products gaining a growing popularity in the flooring industry as an alternative to solid wood floor. By Dennis Teo, Evorich Flooring

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