Eucalyptus nitens thinning trial: solid wood quality and processing performance using conventional processing strategies

This study determined the sawn product recovery and quality of plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens sawlogs using conventional processing methods.

Logs from 21-year-old trees, pruned at age six years, were chosen for back-sawing and quarter-sawing. Total volume recovery of select, standard and utility grade boards was higher for back-sawing than quarter-sawing. However, recovery of select and standard grades was less from back-sawing because of down-grading due to surface checking. As a result, product value was significantly higher for quarter-sawing (mean value AUD $185 per cubic metre ) than back-sawing (mean value AUD $153 per cubic metre).

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