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    Author(s): Peter Koch; R.A. Caughey
    Date: 1978
    Source: Forest Products Journal, Vol. 28(10): 53-61
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    A shaping-lathe headrig, operated one shift daily, can be used to manufacture hardwood cants to be resawed into pallet shook, one-piece and dowel-laminated crossties, posts and rails, and other solid wood products in lengths from 6 to 9 feet. Residual flakes machined by the headrig supply a three-shift operation in which molded pallets and 4- by 8-foot sheets of structural exterior makeboard are manufactured. The proposed plant will process about 68 cords (5,100 ft.3) of mixed-species hardwood daily. On net annual sales of $2,947,536, profit before income taxes is estimated at $872,410 or 30.3 percent of the required $2,880,000 investment (100% equity) required for plant construction, startup, and operating capital. The complex is to employ 49 people in plant and office; supporting woods operations would provide additional jobs. The technology of molding pallets from flakes is developing rapidly; but as yet, no date on product performance in service are available.

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    Koch, Peter; Caughey, R.A. 1978. shaping-lathe headrig yields solid and molded-flake hardwood products. Forest Products Journal, Vol. 28(10): 53-61

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