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Round timbers and tiesAuthor(s): Ronald W. Wolfe
Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 18.1-18.9
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionRound timbers and ties represent some of the most efficient uses of our forest resources. They require a minimum of processing between harvesting the tree and marketing the structural commodity. Poles and piles are debarked or peeled, seasoned, and often treated with preservative prior to use as structural members. Construction logs are usually shaped to facilitate construction. Ties, used for railroads, landscaping, and mining, are slab-cut to provide flat surfaces. Because these products are relatively economical to produce, compared with glulam, steel, and concrete products, they are commonly used throughout the United States.
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CitationWolfe, Ronald W. 1999. Round timbers and ties. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 18.1-18.9
KeywordsStructural timbers, roundwood, poles, durability, ties, piles, posts, strength
- Commercial lumber, round timbers, and ties
- Use of wood in buildings and bridges
- Glued structural members
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