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    Author(s): David Olah; Robert Smith; Bruce Hansen
    Date: 2003
    Source: Forest Products Journal. 53(1): 25-31.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Fax and mail questionnaires were used to estimate consumption of wood-based products by the U.S. cabinet industry and evaluate current management issues affecting the cabinet industry. Results indicated that the cabinet industry used an estimated 484 million board feet (MMBF) of hardwood lumber. Nearly 95 percent of the hardwood lumber purchases were grade No. 1 Common or Better. The most commonly used species were red oak (44%) and hard maple (24%). An estimated 58 MMBF of components and 68.3 million cabinet doors were also purchased by cabinet manufacturers in 1999. Softwood lumber use was estimated at 25 MMBF, consisting primarily of white (49%) and southern yellow (36%) pine. The most commonly used panel products were particleboard and hardwood plywood, at an estimated 1,044 million ft.2 (1/2 in. basis) and 279 million ft.2 (3/8 in. basis), respectively. Other panel products used by the industry were medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, and softwood plywood. Approximately 156 million ft.2 (any thickness) of veneer was used. Companies from both groups reported producing certified (green) products. The majority of companies purchased some parts from outside sources (outsourced). For companies that reported looking at the use of wood substitutes, strawboard, urban waste MDF, and plastic mouldings were most frequently mentioned. Concerns rated highest by cabinet companies were finding qualified employees, increasing raw material prices, keeping qualified employees, wood quality, and air quality regulations.

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    Olah, David; Smith, Robert; Hansen, Bruce. 2003. Wood material use in the U.S. cabinet industry 1999 to 2001. Forest Products Journal. 53(1): 25-31.

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