Chemical nature of wood

Considering that wood is a biological product and is derived from thousands of different species of plants, it is not surprising that its chemical nature is extremely complex. It is likely that more remains to be discovered about the chemistry of wood than has yet been established. Any attempt to address the subject of wood chemistry within a few brief pages must understandably be a sweeping summary at best. However, there are specific fundamentals of the chemical nature of wood which are critical to the basic understanding of wood properties. Certainly, chemical reactions with wood are inherently involved with such practical conservation procedures as finishing, gluing, stabilization and preservative treatment. Even more important, attention to the major chemical constituents provides the key to our understanding of the very structure of the individual wood cell, and, in turn, the anisotropic physical and mechanical properties of wood, its hygroscopicity and dimensional behaviour.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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