Planing and Turning Characteristics of Gmelina arborea Grown in Two Ecological Zones in Ghana

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Mitchual, Stephen J.
Minkah, Maxidite A.
Owusu, Francis W.
Okai, Reynolds
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Gmelina arborea grown in Ghana has not been promoted for its efficient use by the wood industry due to the limited technical information available and is therefore classified as a lesser-used timber species. This paper presents research findings on the planning and turning properties of Gmelina arborea cultivated in two ecological zones in Ghana. Samples of logs from six trees of the species were obtained from Daboase and Abofour in the Wet Evergreen and Dry Semi-Deciduous Forest zones of Ghana. These were crosscut into top, middle and butt sections using a chainsaw. An LT 15 Wood-Mizer bandsaw was used to saw each log into 2.6 cm-thick boards; these were then stacked for air drying. Planning and turning tests were conducted following the American Society for Testing and Materials International D1666-87-2004 method to determine the machining characteristics of
Mitchual, S., Minkah, M., Owusu, F., & Okai, R. (2018). Planing and turning characteristics of Gmelina arborea grown in two ecological zones in Ghana. Advances in Research, 14(2), 1-11.